Man steals MMO source code blackmails original creators with clone

first_imgIn what seems like the actions of those obnoxious players we all come across when playing online games, 24-year-old Dutch national Anil Kheda allegedly stole the source code of text-based MMO Outwar, created a clone of the game, then used it to blackmail the original creators.Supposedly, Kheda and company hacked Outwar’s servers, obtaining an unspecified amount of the game’s source code, granted themselves in-game points, and restored previously banned accounts. The hack and subsequent modifications to the game caused Outwar to be shut down for two weeks over the course of a nine month period resulting in, as the indictment states, “over $100,000 in lost revenues, lost wages, lost hosting costs, long-term loss of business, as well as the loss of exclusive use of their proprietary source code, which it had invested approximately $1.5 million in creating.” A federal grand jury indicted Kheda with charges of extortion and hacking.After allegedly stealing the source code, the indictment states Kheda created a clone of the Outwar, dubbed Outcraft, which gained around 10,000 players — compared to Outwar’s over 75,000 — and earned Kheda around $10,000 in profits.The indictment also mentions emails sent between Outwar’s developer Rampid Interactive and Kheda, in which Kheda asks Rampid to either restore his banned account or pay him $1500, or else he’d hack the servers once again.If convicted, Kheda could face a maximum of five years in prison for the conspiracy charge and two years for the extortion charge.via Seacoastonlinelast_img read more