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Outwar hacker gets indicted

Roleplaying game got real
Fri Nov 16 2012, 10:33
Security threats - password theft

A UNITED STATES FEDERAL GRAND JURY has indicted a man for hacking into and disabling servers belonging to Rampid Interactive and its Outware game.

Anil Kheda, 24, of the Netherlands is charged with one count of conspiring to commit computer intrusion and one count of making extortionate interstate threats, and he allegedly did all this because he was kicked out of an online game.

It is alleged that he and some other characters made their way into the Rampid servers and took the game offline for around two weeks in a nine month period. It is also alleged that they stole computer source code and altered user accounts, reinstating theirs, as the reason for the attack.

The men are also accused of using the source code to set up their own version of the game, called Outcraft.

All told this would have troubled Rampid enough, but Kheda and his alleged co-conspirators tried to shake down the firm for cash and benefits, and threatened more attacks.

In its filings with prosecutors Rampid reckoned that it incurred losses of over $100,000 in revenues, wages, hosting costs, long term loss of business, as well as the loss of exclusive use of its proprietary source code.

Court documents show that Kheda made around $10,000 with Outcraft. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison. µ


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