Given the less-than-stellar reception of the Xbox One, in hindsight it seems strange just how eagerly awaited the system was. Everyone was looking to get their hands on a new Xbox One or PS4, and it seemed split. Indeed, some folks wanted the Xbone so badly they were willing to break the laws to get their hands on it before its May 21 debut. Indeed, counterfeit Durango developer kits hit eBay pretty early, and that’s the source of the problem. Five people have been charged with hacking into computer systems to create their own counterfeit Xbox Ones. Four hackers in the US and one in Australia were rounded up and face various theft charges, including jail time.
Only two of the Xboxes were made, but considering they were selling for up to $5000 a piece, the profit potential is amazing. The counterfeit Xboxes featured stolen software from Epic Games, Valve, Zombie Studio, and the United States Army, including some very cool-sounding helicopter simulator stuff that would be awesome if it were legal. Fortunately, nobody got their hands on any of the Call of Duty games. Still, the value of the stolen IP is somewhere between $100 and $200 million dollars.
“Electronic breaking and entering of computer networks and the digital looting of identities and intellectual property have become much too common,” said Charles Oberly, one of the US Government’s lawyers involved in the case. “These are not harmless crimes, and those who commit them should not believe they are safely beyond our reach.”
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