Just in time for the holidays, Microsoft decided to dust of the good old Xbox Live banhammer and has swung swiftly and promptly. According to the forum goers over at Xbox-Scene, members are reporting being banned initially thought to be due to modded 360 firmware versions. But that wasn't the exact case and now we know Microsoft dropped the banhammer on those who are using "bad discs" (burnt game copies in modded drives). So, be careful console modding kittens, because when the hammer drops ... it hurts.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.