Valve Tried to Trick Half Life 2 Hacker Into Fake Job Interview

Wired Write: After the secret source code for its then-unreleased shooter Half Life 2 showed up on file sharing services in 2003, game-maker Valve Software cooked up an elaborate ruse with the FBI targeting the German hacker suspected in the leak, even setting up a fake job interview in an effort to lure him to the United States for arrest.

The gambit ultimately failed, and Axel "Ago" Gembe remained safely in Germany. He was indicted last month in Los Angeles on new charges of creating the Agobot malware, and sharing it with a crew of U.S. hackers who used it to stage denial-of-service attacks in 2003.

In September 2003, the source code for the much-anticipated Half Life 2 game turned up online, and Valve's managing director, Gabe Newell, revealed that the company's network had been breached. In a post to the company's web forum, Newell asked for gamer's assistance in finding the hackers responsible.

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Lord Anubis3678d ago

pretty smart fellow not taking the bait.

Muppetmeat3678d ago

"In a post to the company's web forum, Newell asked for gamer's assistance in finding the hackers responsible"

- and for gamers everywhere to send him more cheeseburgers as his weight had declined to a dangerously thin (for him) 600 pounds.

xhairs93678d ago

See valve, don't fk with the PS3, or you get the horns, sucka.

y0haN3678d ago

This is like.. 4 year old news.

Ghoul3678d ago

sometimes a "news" or contribution on n4g is worthy to point out. Just see it as an article.

WhittO3678d ago

you would have to be bit stupid really lol, like someone randomly inviting you for a job interview... from another country ?

ice_prophecy3678d ago

It happens.

Just need to reed up the company you are dealing with. But international firms usually have offices in the country to act as buffer

ice_prophecy3678d ago

I'd imagine that you'd have to be a brilliant lad to be able to write and comprehend complex security codes by the age of 21. Imagine what he could do if used his skills in a more socially 'acceptable' manner.

Probably be in a fairly high position in IT Security. Jobs like that pay VERY well.

comm133678d ago

I think he is using his skills in a socially beneficial manner as it is.

ice_prophecy3678d ago

I think you missed my point.
re: Quotations marks around the word acceptable?

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