Two Members Of “Infamous” Video Recreation Piracy Group Staff Xecuter Arrested

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Two members of Staff Xecuter – one of many world’s most “infamous videogame piracy teams” – have been arrested. This is identical enterprise infamously recognized for exploiting vulnerabilities in Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft online game {hardware}.

America Division of Justice revealed Max Louarn – a 48-year-old French nationwide, and Gary Bowser – a 51-year-old Canadian nationwide, had been caught in September and now face 11 felony counts every:

“Every defendant is charged with 11 felony counts, together with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to avoid technological measures and to site visitors in circumvention gadgets, trafficking in circumvention gadgets, and conspiracy to commit cash laundering.”

Louarn and Bowser had been “leaders” of Staff Xecuter. The company additionally charged Yuanning Chen, a 35-year-old from China.

Courtroom paperwork describe Staff Xecuter as a “legal enterprise” comprised of over a dozen particular person members worldwide. Members embody builders who exploit vulnerabilities in online game consoles and design circumvention gadgets. There are additionally web site designers who create pages to advertise the gadgets, suppliers, and resellers that distribute them.

Simply earlier this week, Nintendo received $2 million in a lawsuit towards an internet retailer that was promoting Staff Xecuter’s gadgets.

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