Borderlands 2 gamers on Xbox 360 beware: the so-called "Graveyard" exploit, which Gearbox Software labels as "sabotage," is spreading like a computer virus as it wipes data from player saves (via Eurogamer). The issue apparently springs from user-edited save games that have been tweaked to unlock an unused hardcore mode found in the game's code. Play in an online game with someone who has an edited save and you'll see your player data erased once you've died, according to reports.
A patch was submitted to Microsoft to correct the issue last week, but there are still reports of Graveyard spreading. Gearbox community manager Chris Faylor recommends avoiding public games and playing only with trusted friends. Whenever you're leaving an online game, it is recommended that you exit via "Save and Quit" in the menu options. If you DO happen to die in the game and suddenly find yourself kicked back to the main menu, immediately select Continue to get back into your game.
Faylor also recommends letting Gearbox know about any "suspicious behavior" in Borderlands 2 by reaching out to the studio at firstname.lastname@example.org. PlayStation 3 and PC versions of the game appear to be unaffected, but gamers on those platforms should still keep an eye out for any similar issues.