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Hackers Charged With Stealing Xbox Games, Army Technology

Four men have been charged with breaking into computer networks of technology companies and the U.S. Army and stealing more than $100 million worth of software and data, the Department of Justice announced. A fifth person was indicted in Australia by authorities there. The FBI and Department of Homeland Security contributed to the investigation, details of which were unsealed Tuesday. The group is alleged to have stolen valuable intellectual property over the last three years: proprietary training manuals for Apache helicopters from the Army, pre-release versions of the popular games "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" and "Gears of War 3," and a range of secret information from Microsoft's Xbox One gaming console and other gaming companies. Two of the alleged hackers — Sanadodeh Nesheiwat, 28, of Washington, New Jersey, and David Pokora, 22, of Mississauga, Ontario — have already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit computer fraud and copyright infringement, authorities said. Also charged in the U.S. are Nathan Leroux, 20, of Bowie, Maryland, and Austin Alcala, 18, of McCordsville, Indiana.

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