US shuts down Australian-based computer piracy ring

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 3:06 pm

The United States Department of Justice has shut down an Australian-based computer piracy ring that it said was used to swap software, games and movies.

The underground “warez” group was charged with pirating more than 6.5 million dollars in copyrighted material including the movies “Sin City,” “Closer” and “Meet the Fockers,” the games “Super Streetfighter II,” “NASCAR Simracing” and “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005,” and software from Microsoft, Intel and Hewlett-Packard.

One server recorded uploads and downloads of over 19,000 gigabytes, or enough material to fit on 23,000 CD ROMs, according to a 15-count indictment unsealed in Chicago Wednesday.

The indictment alleges that a man living in Perth, Australia who went by the handle of “chucky” was the defacto leader and set policy for the group, decided who could have access to the servers and uploaded copyrighted material from remote sites.

The group, which called itself RISCO - an acronym for Rise in Superior Couriering - used sophisticated security measures to conceal their activities, communications and identities and block unauthorized access to the material stored on its servers, the indictment alleges.

The FBI said they managed to infiltrate the group through the aid of an informant who maintained one of the main servers.

Source: AFP


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