Software giant Microsoft thought it was a good idea to have a secure copy of its forthcoming Halo shoot-em-up stuck online for hacks to review.
The big idea was that if a hack wanted to use the copy they would have to approach the press office and ask nicely for the access.
Although it might surprise the great unwashed, the leak of the password does not appear to have come from any of them.
Having the software sitting on the Xbox site in full view apparently gave a team of hackers time to work out how to get it.
“We are aware of claims being made regarding a security exploit related to Halo: Reach and are aggressively investigating the matter,” an angry spokesperson told IGN .
However in this case it turns out that Microsoft was jolly lucky. The hackers in this case were not interested in turning out copies of the hacked game onto a torrent site.
Statements from the hackers indicate that they were only interested in showing how pants the security set up was. They said they had no actual interest in releasing the game.
Halo: Reach will be in the shops from September 14 and it appears to be getting good reviews from those hacks who were not hackers.