Former eSports Team Owner Faces Huge Hacking Charges
At least we got 'em.
It has been more than a year since the owner of a large Russian eSports/competitive gaming team, Dmitry 'ddd1ms' Smilianets, was arrested as part of a global operation by the FBI's cyber crimes unit. His team consisted of world-class players who were the best at games like League of Legends, Dota 2 and Counter-Strike.
But now he's in very big trouble. In fact, it has been revealed that he and his cronies are now part of the "largest hacking and data breach scheme case ever prosecuted in the US," as stated by attorney Paul Fishman. Smilianets and four other Russian and Ukrainian nationals have been charged with running a sophisticated hacking network, which resulted in the theft of at least 160 million debit and credit card numbers and hundreds of millions of lost dollars. Apparently, the suspects even sent each other IMs when they took control of corporate data; such as- "NASDAQ is owned." Oh yes...very mature. Smart, too.
Smilianets' laywer, Bruce Provda, said this is a "rather complex international charge of hacking" and the trial will be very long. The government alleges that Smilianets was the "information salesman. Well, whatever. So long as they're out of society.
7/25/2013 9:25:04 PM John Shepard