Say Again? Police Take Report for Threat Via Xbox LIVE

We’ve heard of threats from neighbors from balcony-to-balcony or from yard-to-yard over the fence. And there’s been e-mail threats and cell phone text message threats. But, last night a northwest suburban police department completed a report for a threat via Xbox LIVE between two Xbox users.

Xbox LIVE (TM) is an online multiplayer gaming and digital media delivery service created and operated by Microsoft Corporation. Xbox LIVE (TM) is currently the only online gaming service on consoles that charges users a fee to play multiplayer gaming. Xbox LIVE (TM) was first made available to the Xbox system in 2002. An updated version of the service became available for the Xbox 360 console at that system’s launch in 2005. The service was extended in 2007 on the Windows platform, named Games for Windows – Live, which makes most aspects of the system available on Windows computers. Microsoft has announced plans to extend Xbox LIVE (TM) to other platforms such as handhelds and mobile phones as part of the Live Anywhere initiative. With Microsoft’s new mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7, full Xbox LIVE functionality will be integrated into new Windows Phones launching in late 2010. Xbox LIVE includes Voice and Video chat and Windows Live Messenger integration. The method of transmission of the threat was not disclosed.