Microsoft has a few words of comfort for gamers concerned by phishing attacks on Xbox Live, saying that "the security around our Xbox Live service and member information is our highest priority".

The comment, fielded by Eurogamer, alludes to the recent, service-wide kicking-in of PlayStation Network's data protection systems, leaking millions of sets of user information to hackers.

Modern Warfare 2 players on Xbox Live reported a deluge of spam messages earlier in the week, prompting Microsoft to post a service alert to the official status page.