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The fourth member of international hacker ring found guilty that targeted major gaming companies, stole more than $100 million intellectual property

A U.S. teenager, Austin Alcala from Indiana has pleaded guilty to hacking and Intellectual Property Theft Conspiracy. The 19-year old boy found guilty to conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and criminal copyright infringement. He was a part of a group that involved in data theft of $100 million in intellectual property and other proprietary data. All the other members of the group have been pleaded guilty before and today the last man of the international hacker ring found guilty.

The fourth member of international hacker ring found guilty that targeted major gaming companies, stole more than $100 million intellectual property

The gang has stolen data from various organizations that includes some big companies like the Microsoft, Valve, Epic games and many more. All the four members charged have now pleaded guilty. The group has been involved in these breaches from spring of 2012 to April 2014, they broke corporate networks and stole internal documents, source code and unreleased games. Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division Leslie R. Caldwell, U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III of the District of Delaware and Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the FBI’s Baltimore Division made the announcement. Austin Alcala was charge in data theft related to the Xbox One gaming console and Xbox Live online gaming system. He targeted some popular games that include FIFA, Call of Duty and so on.

A sentence hearing has been scheduled on July 29, 2015 before U.S. District Judge Gregory M. Sleet. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware has seized over $620,000 in cash and other proceeds from the ring.Alcala pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit computer intrusions and criminal copyright infringement but the federal officials assured that the gang didn’t have information about the customers.

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The fourth member of international hacker ring found guilty that targeted major gaming companies, stole more than $100 million intellectual property - Last modify: April 2nd, 2015, Author: Madhumanti Pal
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  • Niki Nikita

    More and more young people are doing criminal things. To be worse this is just the beginning and it will continue in the future. Hacking is illegal and society should fight it on all levels.

  • Goran Goran

    I just wonder did these kids made any money for them, apart some small change ?
    Why there is no mention who bought something from them, as that is what would be really interesting. But as usually we will never know who “real” criminal is here.