FBI charges three men for stealing Xbox info from Microsoft


May 4, 2013
Three men have been arrested by the FBI for identifying vulnerabilities and network weak points to illegally access computer systems at Microsoft, as well as video game developers Valve Corporation, Activision Blizzard, Zombie Studios, and Epic Games. The hackers were able to illegally obtain copies of various games that were still in development - games like Gears of War 3 and Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.

The Smoking Gun reports that the three men that were charged are Nathan Leroux, 19 of Wisconsin; Sanadodeh Nesheiwat, 28 of New Jersey; and David Pokora of Canada. A federal grand jury has previously indicted the three men in July in a sealed decision but Leroux and Nesheiwat were finally arrested in their homes last week. The current status of Pokora is unknown.

The hackers were able to access the valid credentials of Microsoft software development partners, during the time the next-gen Xbox One was in development. In fact, using these credentials, these hackers were able to copy over and arm themselves with "internal design and technical specifications and pre-release operating system software code" and were able to build a "fake next-generation" Xbox console. They sold it on eBay for nearly $5000. A second fake Xbox console, built with hardware purchased from the popular retailer Newegg, was destined for a purchaser in the Republic of Seychelles (African island). The FBI was able to intercept the second console before it reached its destination.

Source: WinBeta