WA Police, FBI raid Aussie Xbox insider



blog As you may have noticed with the global launch of Sony’s PlayStation 4 yesterday, the next generation of gaming consoles are big business. So big, in fact, that the make-up and development of these platforms are some of the most closely guarded secrets in the technology sector. With this in mind, it’s not hard to understand why the activities of a Western Australian man named ‘Dan Henry’ in releasing bits and pieces of information related to the current and future Xbox consoles has come to the attention of the Australian police and the FBI. Gizmodo has a feature article today on how Henry came to be raided recently by the authorities and what the current state of play is. A sample paragraph (we recommend you click here for the full article):

“They want to ruin my life. I know it.” The man behind these words is none other than the infamous SuperDaE: a man of many names, aliases and occupations. This week he was raided by Western Australian Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection with a corporate espionage investigation.

As with many of these cases, the whole situation is somewhat murky. To what extent is Henry a guilty party here? To what extent is trying to profiteer from Microsoft trade secrets? And to what extent is he an innocent, merely trying to inform the public about Microsoft’s development activities? There are elements of all of these aspects in this case, which we suspect will drag on for quite some time.

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  1. I didn’t think violation of confidentiality clauses in contracts or industrial espionage were criminal offenses in Australia. Aren’t they merely civil? Who’s ever heard of someone being extradited for a civil offense?

    • My guess is that’s why they’re talking corporate espionage, maybe that is criminal. If not, that’s what I was thinking – what the hell is the police and the FBI doing getting involved in a civil matter? Surely it’s illegal to raid somebody’s house without cause to believe they have committed a criminal offence?

  2. The full articles worth a read. I would advise him to stop talking to Gizmodo first of all.

  3. He spoke to Gizmodo (or one of it’s brethren)? He might as well have screamed from the tallest hillock with a sign that said “i’m that guy, come at me bro”.

  4. Yea what a strange interview – he pretty much admits everything including a lot of unrelated previous criminal activity. Surely data like that is what drive encryption is for? If he -is- the guy responsible for the Valve hack he deserves what’s coming to him, IMO. Even if not, he was still both smart enough to pull this stuff off while ignoring the obvious legal ramifications. Oh hubris, thy bite is deep.

  5. He is the typical child hacker.

    All brains and no intelligence. Unfortunately his crimes have caught up with him.

  6. There is a difference between Kim Dotcom and this guy. Kim was surfing the edge of the law. SuperDaE, yeah not so much….

    Crazy shit he comes out with, his mate might not be happy about the fact that he has been implicated in knowingly holding what are presumably stolen goods

    Shrug… no skin off my nose if he goes to jail. In this case it seems a relatively clear cut situation.

  7. He hacked a number of companies for information.

    … and now he’s going to be extradited to a foreign country and face years of prison time.

    That’s not justice. It’s clear that he’s a complete idiot, but the punishment is nowhere near commensurate to the crime, and if we sit back and watch this absurdity happen, what kind of human beings are we? We don’t deserve justice, and shouldn’t ever expect justice for ourselves.

    Don’t bow to foreign, corporate interests. Discipline the damn fool, but do it fairly.

    • This is an exceptions imo. If you hack a company in another country, you should face the crimes in that country whether you personally went there or not. Would it be any different if you sent a letter bomb to another country?

      • WTF are you prattling on about, dufus?

        If stealing a console prototype was punishable by firing squad (as in say, China, or, in not to far down the track, the US) you would be happy with that because ‘you should face the crimes in that country whether you went there or not’…

        Well my dear Karl, welcome to the penis with ears club, you idiot…

        • Before you carry on with your stupid crusade to embarrass yourself, you might like to educate yourself on the matter and work out that stealing a console prototype is not the only thing he has done. You could do this by reading the comments here, reading the comments on the source, googling the guy, or any other way.

          But I guess being offensive, uneducated, and (presumably) an xbox fanboi is all you’ve got going for you, so carry on as you were.

          • I still remember my grandma trying to bestow great words of wisdom on me about right from wrong and good moral’s etc etc, only to shake her head and say “you can’t put an old head on young shoulders”.

    • ” but the punishment is nowhere near commensurate to the crime,”

      Yes, the punishment is entirely unfair! I mean… has he even been charged yet? Let alone sentenced?

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