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Activision Hires Online Detective to Take Down Warfare 2 Pirate

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278w ago - Just over a week ago it was reported that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for XBox 360 was leaked early to the Internet.

Since then, a pirate who advertised his services of Modern Warfare 2 and an XBox 360 before the street launch of the game has been busted by Activision with the help of an online detective they hired.

Apparently the whole process took less than a week for him to be located and busted, according to Rob Holmes, owner of IPCybercrime.

To quote from VentureBeat.com (linked above): "This kid was in a position to sell thousands of these," Holmes said.

Police interrogated the runner, who led them to Christian Del Amo's home. They then arrested Del Amo yesterday. Del Amo's attorney has not returned a call for comment.

The whole process, from finding the first tip to the bust, took less than a week. While the operation snagged a perpetrator, it didn't move fast enough to prevent the massive copying of the game on the torrents on the Internet.

"Hopefully it is a lesson," said Holmes. "If you try to do piracy on a large scale, you will get caught. When you use the Internet, you always leave tracks somewhere."

Activision Hires Online Detective to Take Down Warfare 2 Pirate

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#16 - virtualleader - 276w ago
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Yea that is plain theft... so is piracy but to be honest they basically told everyone to pirate it with teh whole screwing over PC Gamers... yes im a PC gamer but I also bought the game in hopes of dedi servers SOMEDAY.

#15 - TJizzle - 276w ago
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They made it seem like he's a drug lord..

#14 - natemus1 - 277w ago
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Stealing and the act to try and steal are both held resposible to the same crime. If I were to punch someone in the face, Id be charged with assult, BUT if I "try" and miss, I could be held reliable of the same charge if found on mensa-rea/actus-rea (intent of thought and actions).

So when they say he was going to sell thousands, and I were the judge, the intent would be how many copies of this game he had and how many people confess to his purchese and many other reasons.

#13 - MexN00B - 277w ago
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He should have never tried to make a profit out of pirating.. It never works out well.

#12 - kenshin33 - 277w ago
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making profit of other people's work is indeed a shame and a crime no doubt about it. What I was trying to say I guess is be careful of what you wish for with "and I hope the law starts to change so more pirates are easier to catch and persecute." as it might come true. Google ACTA and copyright ...

plus pirating may be a big problem but it is no more a reason to cut corners that corporate greed. (just check the salary of top executives of the major publisher without the end of year bonus, IMHO if there is corner cutting to be done they should start with that).

#11 - semitope - 277w ago
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Playing any game before launch will definitely flag your console. Someone has said on another forum that they sometimes have a whitelist of persons who have been sent the game and if anyone not on that list is shown to have played it, you are flagged. Its easy to record your offline activities on the console and then update that information to the live servers once you go online.

#10 - Ruck1707 - 277w ago
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My friend who bought a burned copy of this game for his modded X-Box just told me that his friend that sold it to him just got his X-Box GamerTag Blacklisted for playing the pirated CoD:MW2 I was told he didn't play it online either to get blacklisted. Apparently he jumped online for madden an when his X-Box connected to the internet I think all his Trophies or whatver X-Box users get for playing the game showed up and he got blacklisted! Beware!!!


PlAyStAtIoN 4 LiFe!

#9 - craig2k9 - 278w ago
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i think its terrible what he's done! and definitely should take full blame for this. i'm pretty sure 90% of people on the internet have downloaded at least one song or film at least once in there life. but i never do it with games! takes far to much time for these people to make them.

why can't people with xboxs wait the extra week us ps3 users have to

#8 - jay18miscaif - 278w ago
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Ken, this has nothing to do with 1984 and the gov't implanting a chip in your head - it has to do to prosecuting a thief. Besides 'big brother' already has access to your home if they feel it is 'necessary' so to speak, with the Patriot Act.

He was advertising TO sell. That doesn't mean he did or didn't. But it does mean he was trying. And people that assume pirates do this because they cannot afford it are blind. Pirates sell for profit - which the article says was his intent, he was advertising to sell and profit from other people's years of work.

#7 - kenshin33 - 278w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by jay18miscaif View Post
He stole, he got caught, it is a crime, internet or not. He had potential to cause millions of dollars in losses, and people like this are the reason gaming company's have to cut corners and fire good coders. Hope he gets the maximum for the offense, and I hope the law starts to change so more pirates are easier to catch and persecute.

Selling stuff like this is actually a crime against the companies, the so said pirates and society in general. but the concept (without the selling that is) is no more the cause of corner cutting or people loosing their jobs than corporate greed. but some would say that's a matter of opinion.

Have you ever read/watched 1984 ? you should (a bit far fetched but a good glimpse of what can happen) an reconsider "and I hope the law starts to change so more pirates are easier to catch and persecute." ... b/c once you invite big brother to your home he's there to stay whether you like it or not.


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