'Hacker' Asked For Microsoft's Help Breaking Into Call Of Duty Creator's Emails

According to a report from Robert Schwartz, the lawyer currently representing Call of Duty creators Jason West and Vince Zampella in their big case against Activision, the notorious "Project Icebreaker" sounds even crazier than we first thought.

Schwartz tells Game Informer that Thomas Fenady, the Activision IT expert approached to hack into Infinity Ward's email servers, made a rather unlikely call for help when he ran into problems after breaking through IW's firewall.

"He sees there is a firewall there, but he breaks through the firewall", Schwartz says. "He's now seeing their email server, but he can't make any sense out of it. So he calls Microsoft and says, 'Hey we have this Microsoft Exchange server out at Infinity Ward. Can you help us figure out how to break the password and read ­the ­emails?'"

"Microsoft said, 'Do you have a court order? This makes us feel very uncomfortable.'"

As, you know. It should.

Obviously lacking a court order, Fenady then approached a company called InGuardians, who after a slight hesitation were the ones really turning this into a bad spy movie, allegedly recommending things like fake fire drills so personnel could sneak in and steal data from computers.

The revelation was made as part of a long interview over at Game Informer that I'm surprised was even published. No, really, these guys are about to enter into a massive court case and they're going to the press playing "he said, she said"? This is a court case, not a PR exercise.

But hey, we're not complaining. This is entertaining stuff!

We've contacted both Microsoft and Activision for comment, and will update if we hear back.

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    He just broke through the firewall? Like all of them ?

      Immediately http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/07/16 came to mind

    These two dudes are idiots. "We're not going to start our own company! We're not stealing staff! Fine, fire us! We'll see you in court!"

    Two weeks later...

    "Hey, we're opening our own game studio! We uhh... just came up with this in the past 2 weeks! This wasn't pre-planned, no.... Uhh... Look, a distraction!"

    Bobby Kotick may be a dick but I have a suspiscion they're going to win this one.

      Err, they got fired, then openned up a new studio a month or two down the road. Because generally when you get fired you look for another job. So the fact that they have a new studio is supsicious? Even though they're famous for creating Call of Duty and new teams are usually created with new studios?

      Besides, Activision dropped the suit against EA, which is more or less an admission that they don't think EA talked about making a new studio while the duo were still at IW.

      Lately I've been suspecting that these two have brought a lot of this on themselves. Regardless, I think the situation might be closer to West and Zampella being total primadonnas and throwing their weight around alot more then they should have been, so then Activision wanted them out except that they then used some dodgy and douchebaggish tacticts to get rid of them and escape the contract they had already signed.

      In short, total shit-storm.

        Throwing their weight around more than they should've been?

        Given the franchise that they created I'd suggest that they had substantial weight to throw around and perhaps Activision would've been better served to cater towards the blokes who create the product they profit from.

        The whole publisher developer relationship really feels like the tail wagging the dog.

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