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FBI makes arrests for gaming source code theft

Entertainment software company Valve has announced that arrests have been made in several countries related to the Half-Life 2...

Entertainment software company Valve said that arrests have been made in several countries related to the Half-Life...

2 source code theft, which caused a major delay of the game.

Half-Life 2 developer Valve attributes the arrest to the help of the online community, who aided authorities in tracking the accused culprits down.

"Within a few days of the announcement of the break-in, the online gaming community had tracked down those involved," said Gabe Newell, Valve's chief executive officer.

"It was extraordinary to watch how quickly and how cleverly gamers were able to unravel what are traditionally unsolvable problems for law enforcement related to this kind of cyber-crime."

With the help of tips and a "core group of people" who analysed clues and traces left by the hackers, individual suspects were identified, leading to the arrests.

Written by GamePro staff

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