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Four hackers charged with targeting U.S. military, Microsoft, others

Four members of the "Xbox Underground" have been charged for their illegal hacking behavior, which included targeting the U.S. military and stealing games

Michael Hatamoto | Sep 30, 2014 at 03:30 pm CDT (0 mins, 41 secs reading time)

The U.S. Justice Department announced four accused members of the "Xbox Underground" hacker group have been charged for their roles in launching attacks against the U.S. military, Microsoft, and other game studios.

Four hackers charged with targeting U.S. military, Microsoft, others | TweakTown.com

Two of the members, Sanadodeh Nesheiwat, 28, and David Pokora, 22, have pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and copyright infringement. They both face up to five years in prison when they are sentenced in early 2015.

As part of the 18-count indictment that was recently unsealed, Nathan Leroux, 20, and Austin Alcala, 18, also contributed to the hacking activities - which included stealing more than $100 million of software and data related to military pilot training and Xbox gaming information. Xbox Underground also took pre-release copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Gears of War 3 as part of their criminal activities.

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