The last member of a hacker group called “XBOX UNDERGROUND” was convicted and has pled guilty to theft of intellectual property estimated at more than 100 million dollars. Some of the different companies that they hacked into were Microsoft, Epic Games, and Valve Corporation. On top of all this they were also able to hack into military network and stole a Apache helicopter simulator for the US Army.
The last member who is Austin Alcala is 19 years, along with 2 other Americans, and a Canadian have all been found guilty to charges of computer hacking consiracies, and criminal copyright infringement involving theft of information. All the other members of the hacking group have been pleaded guilty before. Two members, Sanadodeh Nesheiwat, 28, and David Pokora, 22, pleaded guilty last September, while a third member, Nathan Leroux, 20, pleaded guilty to the same conspiracy charge in January.
The hacking group allegedly worked between January of 2011 and March of 2014. The specific techniques in which they used to break into networks was through SQL injection attacks, and key-loggers to steal confidential data after they had broken in. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the group was also able to steal pre-release versions of the popular video games including the “FIFA” online soccer series, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” and “Gears of War 3.”
“The conspirators accessed and stole [unreleased games], software source code, copyrighted and pre-release works, trade secrets and other confidential and proprietary information,” — U.S. Department of Justice
In court this past Wednesday the last member admitted that he was personally involved in hacking into and stealing log-in credentials as well as intellctual property from the companies mentioned above. The cost of all the damages, including the cost of the companies to recover after the intrusions is estimated to be around $100 million to $200 million. Funny enough, prosecutors were able to recover a mere $620,000 in cash that the hackers had earned from their thefts.