"The attacks were said to have caused some $100m in damages"
...it cost them $100 million in contractors to install the security they should have installed in the first place but tried to shave off the invoice.
An Australian man facing 25 hacking charges has fled to Europe ahead of a court hearing for his alleged involvement in an international hacking operation targeting Microsoft, Valve, Epic, and the US Army, according to reports. The 19 year-old Perth man, who cannot be named as he was arrested as a juvenile in May 2013, is …
The dollar amount is pure nonsense. From the article in 'The Australian', "The FBI alleged a group of five hackers based in the US, Canada and Australia had stolen intellectual property worth $100 million-$200m."
They don't know what was "stolen". If they did they'd have a more accurate figure than, "Aww. You know. A hundred million. Or wait! Maybe it was two hundred million."
Maybe the reason they don't know how much it was worth is because it really was stolen - that is, the victims no longer have the files in question and thus are having difficulty determining how much the missing files are worth. That couldn't possibly be right, could it?
"Maybe the reason they don't know how much it was worth is because it really was stolen - that is, the victims no longer have the files in question and thus are having difficulty determining how much the missing files are worth. That couldn't possibly be right, could it?"
...Only if they didn't have backups. No fool carries on like that these days.
Oh! Wait! These are the people that dreamed up a $100 million figure out of thin air.
OK, so they didn't have backups then and are in deep shit... and the money is what it's going to cost them in peanuts to feed the monkeys to re-type the works of Shakespeare...
You are crediting them with a lot of forethought, I would put my money on training and staff quality, both are likely not noticeably positive attributes. Messing him about does run a close second though and I would not rule out a subtle* mix of the two.
*Subtle like a steam hammer
> Not exactly the destination you'd choose if you're trying to evade arrest.
Doesn't say where in Europe, does it? I can't really see Moscow being particularly cooperative with Canberra on this issue. Or Prague... the Australians will die crushed under a pile of forms before they get anywhere. That'll teach them to be difficult, mind.
"The FBI alleged a group of five hackers based in the US, Canada and Australia had stolen intellectual property worth $100 million-$200m, including unreleased video games, design specifications for Microsoft’s new Xbox console and the US army’s simulation software for the Apache helicopter."
How reassuring, in these insecure times, to see that Microsoft and the us military have their systems bolted down tight against intrusion.
the Australian Federal Police will just hand him over - no questions asked. The unnamed Australian had better hope that this is not a capital offence.
The Australian government broke its own laws by handing over another alleged "pirate" to the United States. The kid in question had never left Australia, and had not committed a crime in Australia. The basis of an extradition is that the offence has to be a crime in both countries. But the Australian government in its snivelling and grovelling to the United States is prepared to hand over its citizens. In recent weeks we have seen that the grovelling extended to other countries apart from the United States - making our citizenship close to worthless in the globalised world.
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