Hackers Allegedly Steal Over $100 Million Worth of “Intellectual Property” From Microsoft and the U.S. Army

Hackers Allegedly Steal Over $100 Million Worth of "Intellectual Property" From Microsoft and the U.S. Army(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Four men have been charged with stealing over $100 million in “intellectual property” from the U.S. Army and Microsoft’s computer systems.

The four men, ages 18 to 28, allegedly stole Apache helicopter simulator software form the Army’s networks, reports The Guardian.

Additionally, the hacking group stole Microsoft’s Xbox technology and various pre release copies of popular games such as Gears of War 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

According to Ubergizmo, the Department of Justice stated on Tuesday that two of the hackers, 22 and 28, plead guilty to conspiracy to commit computer fraud, copyright infringement, mail and wire fraud, theft of trade secrets, and identity theft.

“These were extremely sophisticated hackers… Don’t be fooled by their ages,” said US attorney Ed McAndrew Tuesday at a court hearing.