Microsoft Resolves Mysterious Xbox Live Issue, Keeps Culprit a Secret

Summertime is a perfect opportunity for school age kids to take their backsides outside and enjoy the sun, running through the neighborhood to do all the they things they can't when stuck in a classroom. But who are we kidding -- today's generation prefers to lock themselves inside and play marathon game sessions, and we can hardly fault them with a heatwave rolling through several parts of the country.

Unfortunately for scores of Xbox Live gamers, Microsoft's online gaming service was out of commission for several hours on Friday. Microsoft issued a tweet yesterday afternoon saying it was "aware of the issues some users are having" and that it was investigating the matter. Five hours later, Microsoft had fixed the problem.

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"Xbox Live should be back up and running. Thank you for your patience. Game on!," Microsoft stated in a Twitter post yesterday evening.
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So, what caused the downtime? Had a band of hackers infiltrated the Xbox Live servers and dropped a bunch of dirty code? Was there a component failure? Did someone trip over the power cord? We can only guess.

"We don't have any info to share on the cause," Microsoft said in a short statement.

Gee, thanks for the 411. According to Microsoft's Service Status page, all facets of Xbox Live are now firing on all cylinders.