Arrests made in case against software theft
By abigail
The FBI have made arrests connected to the case against those who stole the code of the software for a yet to be released computer game “Half-Life 2”. The code for the game, a sequel to the popular “Half-Life”, was circulated over the internet, and although it could not actually be used to play the game, the theft shocked the entire gaming industry. A similar crime was committed earlier this year when blueprints for Microsoft products Windows 2000, and Windows NT4.0 were also circulated via the net.

Such acts raise fears regarding security issues and the potential for internet hackers to cheat in online games, so the industry as a whole has taken such acts very seriously. These recent arrests were made thanks to the co-operation of the online gaming community. Those arrested as suspects in relation to the “Half-Life 2” theft, were largely found when online gamers responded to a call from the FBI to assist them in tracking them down.

The arrests have been made in several countries. An FBI Agent in Seattle, Ray Lauer has confirmed that the arrests have been made, but could not add any further comments as the case is ongoing. The case is being investigated by the Northwest Cyber Crime Task Force, an organisation comprised of federal, state and local investigators.

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