Xbox 360 hacker nabbed

Culprit was offering to crack Xbox consoles, provided pirated games to customers

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Xbox 360 hacker nabbed Dubai Courts have sentenced a hacker, who cracked Xbox 360s and sold pirated games in the UAE, to three months in prison.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 25, 2011

A hacker, who modified Xbox 360 consoles so that they could play pirated games, and who sold the pirated games, has been convicted by UAE authorities.

The culprit set up a website offering both the modified consoles and the pirated games and sold them on the local market.

Dubai law enforcement conducted a sting operation, providing the hacker with an un-modified Xbox, which they asked him to crack for pirated games and enquired about the pirated games available.

When the console was modified by the target and he was willing to provide pirated games on the hard disk, authorities conducted a raid and he was arrested.

"As a distributor of genuine Microsoft Xbox games in the UAE, we welcome the actions by the local authorities to ensure that we are able to compete fairly as a legitimate distributor," said Arvind Agrawal, CEO - LS2 Pluto. "We hope that consumers understand the dangers of copyright infringement and urge them to report any illegal activity they come across."

In a landmark decision, the hacker was given a three month jail sentence by the Court of First Instance in Dubai for copyright infringement and the illegal modification of the Xbox 360 consoles that were seized during the raid. The culprit's appeal is now pending.

 "The law enforcement authorities and judiciary in Dubai have made it very clear that intentionally bypassing game consoles piracy protection mechanisms and then offering for sale or selling pirated Xbox 360 games will not be tolerated in the UAE. As Microsoft, we fully support the actions by the authorities to level the playing field for legitimate resellers and ensure that our customers receive the rich experience provided by the Xbox 360 and Kinect platform," said Savas Yucedag, Anti-Piracy manager for Microsoft Gulf.

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