There was a huge ban wave recently on Xbox Live. In the unfortunate event that you decided to do something against Microsoft policy, and have consequently gotten yourself banned from Xbox Live, you may have come to the realization that doing whatever got you banned from Xbox Live in the first place was not worth the risk.
The image below is an actual image of my account being banned.
If you pay for any of the extra services to use with Live, you will be in an even worse predicament. Who wants to waste the 8 bucks a month on Netflix and Hulu if you can't even use the service to its fullest extent? Some of the services are only available to stream in HD over XBL, so if you want to use them on your computer, you will be missing out on the full experience.
In this Null Byte, I'm going to show you how we can exploit the Microsoft ban system and get our accounts unbanned. This won't work for everyone, but it will work for most people. You just need a few things.
- A non-privated XBL account
- An XBL account with a plethora of friends
- Friends that will do you a kind favor
Step 1 Change Your XBL Account
First, we need to log into our XBL account from the website and get everything ready.
- Sign into the banned account via the Xbox website.
- Edit your motto, bio or whatever you choose.
- Replace the motto with any swear word, or combo of swear words. You can get creative if you want.
Step 2 Form Your Army
Now we need to get our group of buddies to help us out in a last-ditch effort to restore our account. In order for this to work, we must have our friends all gang up and report our account for foul language.
After enough people reporting you, the bot that controls short-term bans on Xbox Live will ban your account for just a few short weeks. When this happens, it causes a glitch on the XBL servers and it will unban your account after the ban-period for having foul language. Pretty clever, eh?
Here is my account back in working order:
I can vouch that it has worked for more than just myself, but I've also heard that it doesn't work for some users. The issue is likely from Microsoft's end, so if you don't get your account back, I feel terrible for you and wish you the best of luck in resolving this.
As a last resort, you can always try to social engineer someone over the phone, and play dumb. You can also call and ask "Is the reason I am banned beause my DVD drive is broken?" because MS falsely bans quite often for uses with a malfunctioning DVD tray.
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