Deus Ex Hackers Hit With Lawsuit (and Here’s How They Got The Game)

Deus Ex Hackers Hit With Lawsuit (and Here’s How They Got The Game)

A preview build of Deus Ex Human Revolution, containing a rough version of the early sections of the upcoming game, was leaked onto torrent sites in late May.

While publishers Square Enix have publicly been cool with the release, even quietly encouraging of it, behind the scenes they’ve been hunting down those responsible.

Now, believing they’ve found them, they’re taking fifteen Italian nationals to court.

As part of court filings issued last month in Washington, Square Enix accuse the fifteen of logging into the servers where the demo was hosted using the access information of an Italian games magazine (GMC), where they found the preview build of the game, copied it and uploaded it onto the internet.

GMC doesn’t appear to be implicated, as the case says the intrusion came from an IP address which had nothing to do with the magazine or the reviewer who had access to the files.

For its troubles, Square Enix is claiming the theft constitutes copyright infringement, as well as claiming damages (“in excess of $US5000”).

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    • It says in EXCESS of $5000. It doesn’t say how much in excess. Could be $5,000,000,000 for all we know.

    • Isn’t $5000 the threshold for small claims vs….. whatever the other side of that is…. big claims?

      I’m just reminiscing about Judge Judy, with $5000 being the maximum punishment they dealt out.

  • Square Enix might want to consider not saving their preview build on servers they’ve given others outside the company access to also. Seems like a pretty stupid thing to do. Doesn’t absolve the 15 of course.

  • They should pay those guys $5000 for all the free/good publicity they’ve generated with those videos! “Weeell Sheeeeit!” I never played the original and this was not on my radar but I cannot resist me some anti-social punch-ups

  • After playing the first few hours of the leak I opened up my steam and pre ordered it. I thought it was a great demo.

  • As noted, the $5k may just be a threshold amount they need to specify to get the matter in a particular Court. The final amount they actually want may not be specified for some time after filing.

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