Hackers will not be tolerated. This was the message communicated by the recent charging of five hacking suspects. Four suspects aged between 18 and 28 in US and Canada were charged for a series of security breaches that resulted in the leakage of the Zombie Studios Military simulator-Modern Warfare 3- as well as pre-announcement particulars on Xbox one.
In an article published on PC Gamer, Prescott reported that two of the four, one from Canada and the other from US pleaded guilty, but the investigations against the other two, both based in the US, were still ongoing.
The four, aged between 18 and 28, face a count of 18 charges among them conspiring to commit computers fraud, wire and mail frauds, and violation of copyrights laws, trade secrets theft and identity thefts. On 30th September, the US Department of Justice released a statement indicating that the quartet was thought to be responsible for theft of proprietary data and intellectual property worth $100 million. Evidence held by the departed proved that the quartet was responsible for hacking a number of corporations. These include Epic Games, Microsoft Corporation, Zombie Studios, Valve Corporation, Xbox One, US Army and Gears of War 3.
The battle against hackers is not confined to North America alone. Australia has also been tough on hackers as Prescott reports. SuperDaE, a prominent Australian hacker is facing similar charges under Australian law. In addition to conducting criminal activates similar to what the Canadian and three Americans did, SuperDaE went ahead to steal and sell the kit meant for designing Xbox One.
Hacking certainly infringes numerous rights. American economy thrives on innovation and the individuals who develop the innovations are protected by intellectual property rights regulations. The hacking actions of the five above violated intellectual property rights and caused their victims huge losses, between $100 millions to $200 millions as Ohnesorge report.