Three charged for hacking into major video game companies
Last year the US authorities charged three men with hacking into the networks of several major video game companies in an effort to steal unreleased versions of games.
The indictment shows that Nathan Leroux, 19, of Wisconsin; Sanadodeh Nesheiwat, 28, of New Jersey; and David Pokora of Canada have been charged with 15 felony counts and the includes computer hacking, fraud, identity theft, criminal copyright infringement and conspiracy.
Two others, a youth from Australia known by his initials, D.W., and a man from North Carolina, are also said to have been involved in the operation, but they have not been charged.
Their operation is said to have started in early 2011. Over the period of more than two years, they targeted a number of companies that create video games, including Activision Blizzard, Epic Games, Valve and Zombie Studios. They have also targeted Microsoft in an effort to steal the design of the Xbox console.
The hackers are said to have found access to unreleased versions of games such as Gears of War 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Equipped with the information they stole from Microsoft, which at the time was working on Xbox One, they successfully managed to make counterfeit versions of the next-generation console which they planned on selling for $5,000 (‚¬3,600).
FBI agents intercepted the counterfeit version of the gaming console. Microsoft confirmed at the time that it contained stolen intellectual property.
Another equally damaging incident was their hack attack against Zombie Studios were they managed to obtain simulation software for Apache helicopters. Zombie had been contracted by the US Army to develop the AH-64D Apache Simulator.
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