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Arrests Made In Connection With PSN Cyberattack

We could just call them "computer hackers." But law enforcement officials correctly label them "criminals."

As the New York Times reports, the Spanish police have arrested three individuals suspected of major hacking offenses, including the recent attacks on Sony's PlayStation Network. The National Police have identified the three in custody "as the local leadership of the shadowy international network of computer hackers known as Anonymous." Yeah, we're familiar with their work.

The police statement reminds us that Anonymous is comprised of people from all over the world; they're just organized into cells to serve a common goal. ...sounds a hell of a lot like terrorism, doesn't it? Evidently, one of the men they have in custody had a computer server in his apartment in Gijon, "from which the group attacked the Web sites of the Sony PlayStation online gaming store." That same computer was used to attack two Spanish banks, BBVA and Bankia, as well as the Italian energy company Enel, and various government sites in Spain, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Iran, Chile, Columbia, and New Zealand.

This has been an ongoing investigation as of last October, when hackers broke into the Spanish Ministry of Culture's website to protest Spanish legislation increasing punishments for illegal downloads. All three suspects in question are expected to be charged with "forming an illegal association to attack public and corporate Web sites." ...the fact that this only carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison is just plain depressing.

Sony has said the attacks on the PSN will cost at least $173 million in damages. And by the way, the police said they analyzed more than "two million lines of chat logs since October." ...that's a lot of lines.

Tags: psn, psn outage, playstation network, psn hackers

6/10/2011 10:37:09 AM Ben Dutka

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Highlander
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 10:52:29 AM
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Well, they may only face three years, but with a record, they'll remain under suspicion, and if they do anything else I bet they're subject to a harsher sentence...

Better still, this arrest might lead to further intelligence and further arrests...go get 'em boys.

From the article : "The police statement reminds us that Anonymous is comprised of people from all over the world; they're just organized into cells to serve a common goal. ...sounds a hell of a lot like terrorism, doesn't it?"

Yes, it does sound like terrorism. To me, the attack on Sony was not just a criminal attack since the attackers were explicitly using the fear and concern of the customers to hurt Sony. This is *exactly* the way terrorists engender fear in citizens to put pressure on a government. What these idiots have done is, by definition, terrorism. To be honest, it'd almost be better for them (in my mind) if they had simply been criminals out for a buck. But people that use fear as a weapon against others are - in truth - terrorists.

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maxpontiac
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:07:00 AM

Terrorist is an excellent descriptor if you ask me!

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Looking Glass
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:12:59 AM

Highlander is right.

To inflict fear and to seek to control through that fear. That is by definition terrorism.

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Scarecrow
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:16:06 AM

3 years is too little.

If it was up to me I'd put them in jail for 10 FULL years (no day/night bullshit). 10 Full years.

Soft governments annoy the hell out of me.

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BikerSaint
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:16:11 AM

Good, 3 scumbag's down, and many more to go.

Let's hope this confiscated info on their computers, plus anything else found in their homes, cars, businesses, etc, etc, can also lead a great trail to catching all the other A-holes across the globe.

Shame the sentence is only going to wind up as a slap on the wrist though.

They should incarcerated long enough that their newly-grown Rip Van Winkle beards will reach our Statue Of Liberty a 100,000 times over.
And all of their hide-behind-their-computer butts get gang-hacked on a constant twice-hourly rate, daily!!!!!!

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Darwin1967
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 2:13:50 PM

Yes, 3 years is pretty pathetic given the magnitude of their acts; both financially and to the consumer base. HOWEVER, on the plus side....it' will be a Spanish prison which, while not as bad as some places, is still pretty damn harsh!

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Nynja
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 2:28:40 PM

It should be 3 years for every person/customer that was affected. So for PSN attack alone, 77 million x 3 years...

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Naztycuts
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 3:00:06 PM

Awesome news but shouldn't they be gi\/en the same restrictions that Sony was going to gi\/e geohot except without singling out Sony's brand? I would be more pleased with knowing they could ne\/er ha\/e access to a computer again than with any amount of jailtime. Then they would ha\/e no reason to li\/e. :)


(Sorry about the retarded \/'s guys that key on my keyboard refuses to work so I had to impro\/ise)

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Fane1024
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 7:33:49 PM

As much as I want blood...

I have no problem with 3 years PER COUNT for intrusion for the purpose of mischief (e.g., posting a "political" message); it's comparable to B & E sentences. However, actual theft (including personal data) should be charged one count for each person affected.

Losses incurred as a result of the incursion should be handled in civil court. Perhaps debt slavery is in order? ;P



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BikerSaint
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 8:01:57 PM

In celebration of the arrest of 3 Spanish leaders of anon, I'm now using as my sig pic, the anon mask's mug shot taken from their police station.

(And if you don't hear from me in the next 7 days, that means one of their pu**ies hacked my computer), LOL

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BikerSaint
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 5:02:49 PM

Highlander,

Wow, I think you've just broken the "Thumbs-up" record with this one, because if I can remember clearly, the old record for "Up" thumbs stood at 42 UP.

sooooo......."Congrats"

LOL

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Caanimal
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @ 9:57:34 PM

Personally 3 years is WAY to light in a situation like this since they have an apparentely long laundry list of offencives.


If it was up to me they would be slit from nuts to neck and left out for the carrion birds...

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coverton341
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:01:47 AM
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Score one for the good guys. I love the fact that you stated why they attacked the Spanish Ministry of Culture. Let's everyone here get a really good idea of the motivations behind these individuals.

It isn't about some crusade to champion the rights of consumers, if anything it is the complete opposite. It is a lash out for governments making it more risky to steal, or in other words, punishment for NOT being a costumer whose rights they claim to be saving.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:33:40 PM

All their motivations are entirely 100% selfish.

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Nynja
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 2:30:42 PM

That irritates me the most. These guys (gals) insist on speaking on my behalf... well guess what, Anonymous, you don't and never will speak for the "people". Your actions only make our lives more complicated, which in turn hurt the same "people" you claim to be helping.

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maxpontiac
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:06:34 AM
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Nice to see these criminals apprehended. I agree that 3 years is to light of sentence, but at least a piece of their lives will be lost forever behind bars.

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Highlander
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:18:43 AM

Don't forget that they will also spend the rest of their life being a 'person of interest' to the police anytime a cyber attack occurs.

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Looking Glass
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:43:08 AM

@TheHighlander

Very true. No matter what happens now they are marked for life. And there's nothing anyone can do about it.

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BikerSaint
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:46:09 AM

Let's hope the Spanish prison will play the 1978 Brad Davis movie, "Midnight Express", every every single day.

And play it just before the inmates community shower time!

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Temjin001
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:06:37 AM
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Good, well, they should call in MvC's Captain America and perform a 'Final Justice' on the each of them.

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Scarecrow
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:17:30 AM
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There we go!

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Helghast
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:21:08 AM
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It just makes me so happy to know that the people who stole millions of peoples information, cost Sony millions of dollars, and also lost other developers some revenue, are facing jail time, I wish it was more than three years, but at least they were caught.

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Nas Is Like
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:23:14 AM
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Reading that thread title made my day.

And the article itself made my week!

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godsdream
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:26:46 AM
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The thing is that these guys act with revenge, and now that 3 of their partners are down, maybe they will attack again. But it is a good thing they are starting to go down little by little. And perhaps with a good technique, they'll tell more valuable info to police.

Lets not forget that 3 persons are a very few compared to the total number of criminals in that group. It is great to see some advance in the investigations.

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Dreno
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:32:28 AM

Godsdream, I'm diggin your avatar. It seems to me like I've seen it somewhere lol.

Great choice

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Highlander
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:52:30 AM

The more they act in retaliation, the more of a threat they become to government institutions - the greater the likelihood that other agencies become involved and people start being arrested by operatives wearing ski-masks and charcoal fatigues.

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Dreno
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:30:41 AM
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Just a question, but the sentanceof 3 yyears for this type of crime, is that for the us, or everywhere? Cause I know different countries have different sentances. Like a 1st offence d.u.I in the states is a maximum of a couple months in jail, where in some countries a 1st offence d.u.I is punishable by life in prison.

So it COULD just be 3 years here in the states, but in spain it could be much much more. Let us hope for the latter.

And I hope they find more of these terrorists, and punish them all. To the fullest extent. These people weren't just hacking other peoples games, they were after personal information, I.e. cc numbers, ss numbers, addresses ...etc.

It seems to me that the punishment should be more than 3 years..

But atleast we got three of them.

Let's hope these 3 go to some horrible prison like on that show "arressted abroad" or whatever its called.

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somethingrandom
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:27:38 PM

Ben said it's 3 years in Spain.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 1:48:07 PM

Locked up Abroad, good show.

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FatherSun
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 5:09:49 PM

Your question is valid. These guys are international criminals. They may also face charges from other countries as well. Not to mention possible civil suits from individuals and Sony itself. Spain has first dibs.

I have always known that these times will come. Kaz Hirai himself stated that these types are a danger to the very fabric of society. Sony was never really alone in this battle. They had the balls to take this up a few notches. I wondered if other companies would stand with Sony on this but they chose the right to. remain silent. I commend Sony for taking the beating they did to get that point across.

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BikerSaint
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:32:49 AM
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The NY Times was wrong on one thing....

They are NOT Hacktivists...they ARE common thugs!

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Jawknee
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 1:06:18 PM

"But, but, but, it can't possibly be Anonymous...drrrrr, because they said it wasn't them."

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Jawknee
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 1:16:38 PM

Oops, Sorry Biker, my post wasn't meant to be a reply to you. Just a general comment. Ben, would you kindly delete these? Thanks. :)

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BikerSaint
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 2:09:43 PM

No, it's cool Jawknee,
I knew what you were saying right off the bat, a little sarcasm towards anon.

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Underdog15
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 2:47:10 PM

Hey Jawk, where the hell have you been? lol

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Fane1024
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 7:39:30 PM

He is / was on tour with his band in Europe.

I'm sure he's found better things to do than communicate with the likes of us.



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Jawknee
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 12:25:48 PM

Ha, not on tour yet. That doesn't happen until August. I have been in California preparing with the band though. Just been super busy and have limited access to the net and cell service.

By the way, we are playing around 9 shows in the UK. I will know all the dates and venues in the coming months. If anyone from this site and from the UK is interested in coming, I'll post a link for the dates in the forums if Ben doesn't mind.

I know for sure we are playing 3 shows in Spain with the Flatliners too.

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Underdog15
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:52:29 AM
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Ha! Put that in your Paella and smoke it!

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Highlander
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 11:56:24 AM

I know some people roll their own, but you *smoke* Paella!?

:o

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Underdog15
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:13:15 PM

Nah, I just needed something Spanish to say. Paella came to mind first...

hmm... I'm also 25 minutes late for my lunch break....

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BikerSaint
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:20:10 PM

I've heard of Paella as a saffron-flavored Spanish dish made with varying combinations of rice, vegetables, meat, chicken, and seafood.

But I never knew you could roll it & smoke it, LOL.

(Damn, that description just made me hungry)

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Highlander
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 4:23:08 PM

LOL! For some reason I am now thinking about smoked tamales.

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SvenMD
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:03:36 PM
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YAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!

I hope they also lose the ability to use a touch tone phone, just like Zero Cool in "Hackers"......that'll show 'em!

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hadouken
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:04:57 PM
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Glad justice got served.

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Fane1024
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 7:42:10 PM

Arrested doesn't mean convicted.

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BIGRED15
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:25:12 PM
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thats a big suck it to them...

oh and 3 years is plenty of time for them to at least meet their favorite inmate... big bubba

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PS3addict
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 12:36:41 PM
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And in other news.... Catherine has an official US release date of July 26th!!!
Just in time for me to use that $20 off coupon for getting LA Noire at K-Mart.

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Wissam
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 1:00:06 PM
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Burn them. like the middle ages times.

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main_event05
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 2:17:09 PM

(in Chris Walken Voice)
Yesterday, this little creature was, playin', swimmin', doing little tumble turns in the sea. Boil him. Boil them all.

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Jawknee
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 1:14:30 PM
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"But, but, but, it can't possibly be Anonymous...drrrrr, because they said it wasn't them."

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Glad they finally nailed these chumps. Hope this leads them to more of these cyber terrorists.

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gray_eagle
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 1:50:58 PM
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3 years may not seem very long, but what are the prisons like over in spain?
they might not be as plush as the prisons in usa & canada.
is the three years for "all" the hacks they commited or for each attack they commited?

bad boys, bad boys, what ya gonna do when they come for you!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 1:51:36 PM
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Awesome, let them fall like dominos now. I don't know how spain does it but cyberterrorism here keeps you away from the internet long after your prison sentence is served. Let's hope that's the case.

To quote Blade: "Some mothaf*ckas are always tryin' to ice skate up hill."

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thj_1980
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 1:55:07 PM
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JUSTICE FOR ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BikerSaint
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 2:12:03 PM
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"Street justice" would be sooooo much better

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 2:22:16 PM

call Chuck Norris

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Nas Is Like
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 10:20:07 PM

@WorldEndsWithMe

That's way too extreme, don't you think?

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Ultimate_Balla
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 2:26:23 PM
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LOL Funny individuals up in PSXExtreme

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SaiyanSempai
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 2:48:30 PM
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They should be waterboarded for information on other members.

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556pineapple
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 2:53:03 PM
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Like the sex offender registry, there should be a hacker registry where all of their personal information will have to be posted. All of their computer use should be monitored, as well as any more computer-related purchases. I would be fine with the 3 year jail-time if this system were implemented.

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RadioHeader
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 3:25:21 PM
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$173 million in damages = 3 years? Changes need to be made.

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Crabba
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 3:40:47 PM
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Great news indeed! Hopefully they will be able to link them to the other members/cells through those servers, logs, chats, emails etc and things could really get interesting...

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bearbobby
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 3:59:14 PM
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So it's a sure bet that any downloading they do in prison won't involve user data. heh

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Thinker
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 4:27:15 PM
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I hope they have the actual culprits in custody (in a manner of speaking: I think they are not currently in jail but under suspicion) and not just scapegoats.

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Danny007
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 4:53:17 PM
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Death Sentence!!!!!!! Death Sentence!!!!!!!

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Ignitus
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 5:08:06 PM
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Good, now put them in a cell with some SONY fanboys.

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tes37
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 5:44:48 PM
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If the judge gives them a sentence that runs consecutive they'll get 3 years for every count and the time will grow.

I hope they find everyone that helped, somewhere on that server.

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Pandacastro
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 5:47:04 PM
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They should stick a ps3 up their a$$.

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FatherSun
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 7:02:42 PM

Talk about NETWORK INTRUSION!!!

Had to edit cause that shit is hill-fuken-larious. And utterly ironic. Still laughing.

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frylock25
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 4:06:32 AM

and it should be a fat ps3 not a slim.

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mindmurderer69
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 6:22:15 PM
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good start....now they should be expedited to every country that was affected and charged in those countries. the 3 yrs is only spain other countries may have harsher penalties.. plus im sure Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Iran, Chile, Columbia, and New Zealand....not to mention japan and us in the usa. will want a piece of them...we should charge them with terrorism and lock em up in gitmo

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FatherSun
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 7:10:08 PM

They wouldn't make it past Egypt! Let alone Iran.

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THEVERDIN
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 6:55:52 PM
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I,d cut their f**k**g hands off and let em bleed out while in their cells.

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FatherSun
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 7:01:47 PM
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It seems they have found some of THE REAL "penises in the hornets nest."

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BikerSaint
Friday, June 10, 2011 @ 7:48:15 PM
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Now Codemaster's just got hacked again, ad this time was much more serious than the 1st time....


Codemasters is alerting customers that its servers were breached by unknown hackers on June 3 and personal information of its users may have been stolen.

According to the email, several areas of its web site that were compromised include codemasters.com, the Codemasters corporate website and sub-domains, the DiRT 3 VIP code redemption page, and the Codemasters EStore.

Data that may have been compromised from the EStore includes customer names and addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, encrypted passwords and order history.
Payment details were not at risk from this section of the site because Codemasters uses an external site for payment transactions.

Data taken from the Codemasters CodeM database includes members' names, usernames, screen names, email addresses, date of birth, encrypted passwords, newsletter preferences, any biographies entered by users, details of last site activity, IP addresses and Xbox Live Gamertags.

"Whilst we do not have confirmation that any of this data was actually downloaded onto an external device, we have to assume that, as access was gained, all of these details were compromised and/or stolen," the email warns customers.

Codemasters advises its customers who use any of the aforementioned services to immediately change their passwords. Further the company warns that it will never ask you via email "for any payment data such as credit card numbers or bank account details, nor will Codemasters ask you for passwords or other personal identifying data." Emails that ask for such information are fraudulent.

The company closes with the following statement:

"Unfortunately, Codemasters is the latest victim in on-going targeted attacks against numerous game companies. We assure you that we are doing everything within our legal means to track down the perpetrators and take action to the full extent of the law.

We apologize for this incident and regret any inconvenience caused.

We are contacting all customers who may have been affected directly.

Should you have any concerns or wish to speak to a member of our Customer Services team, please email them at custservice@codemasters.com."


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___________
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 8:15:06 AM
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BURN THEM AT THE STAKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
speaking of hacks epic and codemasters got hacked again.
sigh, when will this end?

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souljah92
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 11:25:55 AM
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Thats some serious skill they've got none the less

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BikerSaint
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 5:08:22 PM

Huh?

I don't think it takes any skill at all for some of them to turn themselves into instant jerk offs.

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xnonsuchx
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @ 6:19:05 PM
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I remember when "hackers" just got hardware to do things outside of what it was supposed to do (w.g. using the overscan area of 8-bit/16-bit computers to increase the usable display area) and hacked into things just to prove they could, but rarely ever did anything damaging to others. Now they are malicious monsters that are intentionally performing criminal acts with seemingly little regard for harm. I know our justice systems are supposed to protect people from unjust penalties, but it's getting to the point that I really wouldn't care if hackers were 'taken out' using ANY means.

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Robochic
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @ 8:05:32 AM
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bastards deserve to meet a fat horny man in Jail and get it up the a$$.
problem is all that money I don't think Sony will get anything back these dorks are probably piss a$$ poor and live in their parents basements. They deserve longer than 3 years for this.

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Tanker9111
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @ 10:50:46 AM
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Sorry im a little late to this post but as a hardcore ps3 gamer Ive been thinking of adding my own 2 cents. Now ive read over every post here especially about the time they might serve.

And while i agree 3 years is very little for terrorists to recieve. You also have to add they might be in and out of jail during court cases and what not for upto another year, so it technically becomes 4 years, eitherway by the time their done, especially computer geeks in jail... "dont drop the soap" kinda thing... im sure they will be smarter when they comes back out

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lolatthis
Sunday, June 12, 2011 @ 10:56:43 AM
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lol...group think is a dangerous dangerous thing.

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