Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hackers being convicted

Happy October.

Four men are accused of being the hackers who stole $100 million worth of software from the US government and Microsoft, including info used to train Apache helicopter pilots and info specific to Xbox One gaming console and games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The hackers injected malicious code into networks to steal user names and passwords. Once they acquired desired information, they "conspired to "use, share and sell" it, netting at least $620,000 which was confiscated. The men are between the ages of 18 and 28 from Maryland, New Jersey, Indiana, and Ontario, Canada. Two, including the Canadian, have already pled guilty of "conspiracy to commit computer fraud and copyright infringement". The US Justice Dept believes this may result in the "first conviction of  a foreign-based individual for hacking into US businesses to steal trade secret information." The hackers operated from Jan. 2011-March 2014. The article does not note how long it took the government or Microsoft to figure out what was going on or how long they let them continue to charge them with enough evidence of wrong doing. Read more about it here http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/01/technology/security/hackers-xbox-apache/index.html

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