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Greg W
14-06-2004, 08:09:49
From Planet Half Life dot net.It was no secret that the culprits involved in the Half-Life 2 source code theft had been caught. Today however, Valve's Doug Lombardi has sent out a press release regarding the matter. It has now been confirmed that there have been arrests made in several countries and the press release also extends a thank you to the Half-Life 2 community on behalf of Gabe Newell.

ARRESTS MADE IN RELATION TO HALF-LIFE 2 THEFT

Online Community Tracks Down Hackers

June, 10 2004 - Arrests have been made in several countries related to the break-in to Valve's network, theft of the Half-Life 2 source code, and release of the source code on the Internet.

"Within a few days of the announcement of the break-in, the online gaming community had tracked down those involved," said Gabe Newell, Valve's CEO. "It was extraordinary to watch how quickly and how cleverly gamers were able to unravel what are traditionally unsolvable problems for law enforcement related to this kind of cyber-crime."

Thousands of tips were received related to the criminal activities, with a core group of people who were able to analyze and backtrack from these clues. Subsequent to these individuals being identified, Valve has been working with various national authorities to prepare cases against those involved, leading to these arrests.

"It was very uplifting to see how the community rallied and tracked these people down. Everyone here at Valve is once again reminded of how much we owe to the gaming community," added Mr. Newell.Throw the book at em I say. :beer:

MDA
14-06-2004, 11:45:51
cool.

No longer Trippin
14-06-2004, 20:29:24
Doesn't matter to me, he finally "admitted" HL2 wasn't delayed by the hackers progress. I salute those guys for showing the world what bullshit they were being fed by a company they trusted.

Shining1
14-06-2004, 22:24:42
Yes, their noble sacrifice will be remembered...:rolleyes:

Darkstar
14-06-2004, 22:42:10
By Trip it will be.

Greg W
15-06-2004, 07:46:16
Eh, it would have been revealed when the game didn't come out for another year. No excuse for what they did at all (on both sides actually).

Shining1
15-06-2004, 10:31:00
As long as they don't release it before it's finished, that's fine.

Venom
15-06-2004, 12:21:18
I don't think the hackers are cool or anything, but it's about time someone showed companies that bullshit won't be swallowed forever.

MDA
15-06-2004, 13:42:31
Bullshit will be swallowed by enough of the people, enough of the time. The lies will continue. :(

Venom
15-06-2004, 18:06:39
Well, Valve got burned.

Darkstar
15-06-2004, 20:43:46
You mean... like Duke Nukem Forever (Delayed)? They are making Derek Smart look good.

The hackers apparently got caught not because of all the computer sleuthing, but because one of them is a virus writer that has been bragging on his trojans being so good, the stupid fuckers at Valve fell for it and let him right in. And here's the source to prove it.

Venom
15-06-2004, 20:55:34
Ahhh Duke Nukem Forever. What an unfortunate title.

Shining1
16-06-2004, 09:09:10
It's been delayed again, I hear:).

MDA
16-06-2004, 10:11:19
Originally posted by Darkstar
The hackers apparently got caught not because of all the computer sleuthing, but because one of them is a virus writer that has been bragging on his trojans being so good, the stupid fuckers at Valve fell for it and let him right in. And here's the source to prove it.

Source?

Shining1
16-06-2004, 11:05:15
He must mean the code, Darkstar never has any source for his bizarre rumours...:)

MDA
16-06-2004, 11:07:45
I thought he missed a link. :(

Darkstar
16-06-2004, 21:41:12
Actually, News.Com mentioned it, as well as some other sites. I probably can find a link for that story, at least on News.Com... it's just a few days old and their stories generally don't start disappearing off site until around the 5th day mark. The News.Com reported that it was reported by German police as that's how they caught the Valve hacker... when they caught him for writing Trojans, AIR. I expect the news stories of when the hackers to go on trial to be more concrete about how they got caught, and less of "it was reported by..." chains.

Deacon
16-06-2004, 23:43:27
Speaking of unfortunate titles, I still don't understand the com.com domain name. It's.... redundant.redundant. :)

The hackers should pay a 1337 fine or do some 1337 time.

Sir Penguin
16-06-2004, 23:45:06
$1337
It seems a little low for such a robber.

SP

Greg W
17-06-2004, 10:41:32
$1337? Not cold enough for $/\/0\/\/?

Shining1
17-06-2004, 20:54:04
:lol:

Spartak
18-06-2004, 08:19:44
Originally posted by Greg W
$1337? Not cold enough for $/\/0\/\/? :bash: :hmm: :confused:
What the Fuck?

[not an 100-0 and yes i know its leet but what the fuck does that mean?}

Darkstar
18-06-2004, 08:25:31
Snow.

Deacon
18-06-2004, 09:45:37
R33|_ H4><0rz Ux0Rz l3375pE3k.

Real hackers use leetspeak.

$1337? Not cold enough for $/\/0\/\/?

Sleet? Not cold enough for Snow?

Provost Harrison
21-06-2004, 16:27:23
My concern is the discrepancy between performance on nVidia and Radeon cards...there is a staggering slant towards the Radeon that is not demonstrated by anything else...and they have had some kind of 'pact' with ATI...something fishy is going on there methinks...