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http://story.news.yahoo.com/ news?tmpl=story&cid=581& e=4&u=/nm/20040611/tc_nm/ crime_halflife_dc

Here's the part that I find interesting...


    Valve officials said the online gaming community tracked down the purported hackers within days of the company's announcement last fall that the release of "Half-Life 2" would be delayed because of the Internet break-in.


The timing on this is interesting. If they made the arrests months ago, why are we just now hearing about this?



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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    http://story.news.yahoo.com/ news?tmpl=story&cid=581& e=4&u=/nm/20040611/tc_nm/ crime_halflife_dc

    Here's the part that I find interesting...


      Valve officials said the online gaming community tracked down the purported hackers within days of the company's announcement last fall that the release of "Half-Life 2" would be delayed because of the Internet break-in.


    The timing on this is interesting. If they made the arrests months ago, why are we just now hearing about this?



The article said that they couldnt release info due to ongoing investigation. Maybe they wanted to wait until all arrests were made so other people involved in the theft werent tipped off that the feds were on to them. Also, maybe they had the names, but they didnt have enough evidence right away to get a warrant, so they had to gather that first.



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Sure, blow my whole conspiracy angle in the first reply



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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Sure, blow my whole conspiracy angle in the first reply


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It also could be lazy journalism. Sounds like the Reuters reporter may have just gotten a fax on Friday from the FBI. 'Cause if the reporter had broken it, seems like there would have been more details.



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The funniest thing of all; the people responsible for stealing the source code got NOTHING whatsoever for doing it. They hacked into the system, then RELEASED IT ALL FOR FREE, got caught, and now they're all getting arrested.

What kind of a dipshit does something this illegal WITH NO PROFIT TO GAIN. Tossing ethics aside, it's just common sense. If you're going to rip off a company like this, at least say it's for corporate espionage or something.





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    Originally posted by Lexus
    The funniest thing of all; the people responsible for stealing the source code got NOTHING whatsoever for doing it. They hacked into the system, then RELEASED IT ALL FOR FREE, got caught, and now they're all getting arrested.

    What kind of a dipshit does something this illegal WITH NO PROFIT TO GAIN. Tossing ethics aside, it's just common sense. If you're going to rip off a company like this, at least say it's for corporate espionage or something.


Sounds like the old-school hacker mentality... they did it just because they could. Maybe they thought that doing it for free would make them white hats or something and get them a nice cushy security job.



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And NOW who will Valve blame when they delay Half-Life 2 AGAIN?




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    Originally posted by KaneRobot
    And NOW who will Valve blame when they delay Half-Life 2 AGAIN?
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Without trying to sound like a total rube what exactly is a source code and how is stealing it worth anyone's while?


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When you write a program, you begin by writing code in a given programming language. Before you can do anything with this program, it needs to be converted from something that a human can understand into a file of instructions that a computer can understand. This process is called compiling, and it produces an executable file. Generally, when you purchase software (such as a video game), you only purchase the executable.

The source code is important because without it, people only have the end product to understand how the software works. If you want to write software to interact with it (in this case, hacks to allow you to mess with the game or Steam), you have to reverse engineer your program based on how it interacts with the final product. If someone had the software, they know specifically how to interact with the software. Plus, they can look for any exploitable vulnerabilities that might not otherwise be found, or even modify the source code and compile the modified software and call it their own.

I hope that made things at all clearer.

(edited by EddieBurkett on 20.6.04 2330)


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    I hope that made things at all clearer.



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