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Computers seized in FBI Half Life 2 raid

Warrant shows feds were hunting down software
Mon Jan 19 2004, 15:32
THERE'S A STORY on a web site that appears to be connected to investigations the FBI is making into the theft of Half Life 2 code.

According to this web site, Chris Toshok's home was raided by the FBI last week with a warrant to search his house and computers.

Toshok also said in account on his blog that the Secret Service was involved in the raid.

But after taking a heap of computer kit and other material, and taking photographs of the house, the agents gave Toshok a receipt for the goods they had taken.

A search warrant they gave Toshok said it was issued in relation to Valve Software, Half Life 2, Counter Strike and other games and related materials. The feds were also searching for emails related to Valve, to Half Life 2, or to IP addresses connected to the game code.

He is a member of a coders' group called Hungry Programmers, and says that other members were also raided on the 14th of January.

The warrant, the web site and the receipt for the material seized can be found here. The account reads like it could be part of a Half Life 2 episode itself, if this is what really happened. µ


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