Leaking stuff is very obviously going against the terms and conditions set out in the signed Non–Disclosure Agreements that accompany the opportunity to play very early code. Naturally, Microsoft is unhappy about the leaks. And they’re going to be punishing leakers.
In the initial report, Kotaku claimed – based on their sources – that Microsoft was temporarily bricking leakers’ consoles, using a remote killswitch. It would temporarily render their systems useless.
“This being said, as per that agreement with the testers in fault, Microsoft also permanently disabled their Xbox LIVE accounts (as well as other suspected accounts present on their Xbox One kits) and temporarily blocked all of their Xbox One privileges – meaning that for a period of time which Microsoft decides on depending on the severity of the offense, their Xbox One is entirely unusable.”
That is a scary as all hell thought. While the switch does exist, it’s not quite as nefarious, as Microsoft explained: