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xboxliveThe widespread outage of the Xbox Live system this weekend was not the result of anyone hacking the service, Microsoft said this morning, debunking early reports that the group Anonymous was to blame for the problems.

Microsoft sent this statement in response to our inquiry this morning: “The Xbox LIVE service outage on 13 April resulted from networking misconfiguration during routine maintenance and was in no way related to false claims of hacking the service.”

The outage lasted several hours on Saturday during peak weekend gaming and viewing time, leaving Xbox Live users unable to log into their accounts for multiplayer gaming or other online services offered via the Microsoft console.

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