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    Darth Sushi's Avatar Sushi Lord
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    Game Console hacker arrested, faces up to ten years in jail
    by Joseph L. Flatley, posted Aug 4th 2009 at 8:32PM

    " Just when you thought it was safe to get out your soldering irons, Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants you to know that its agents are still out there, on the lookout for for even more mod chip-wielding nogoodniks and their non-DMCA compliant consoles. According to the AP, a 27-year-old CSU student named Matthew Crippen was recently arrested for "modifying Xbox, PlayStation and Wii consoles in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act" and released Monday on $5,000 bond. The dime was dropped on this perp by the Entertainment Software Association, and the raid conducted by Customs agents sometime in May. He will be arraigned on August 10th, and if convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison. Let this be a lesson to you: while the ICE may have its hands full with human slavery, drug trafficking, transnational gangs, and stolen artifacts, there is always time to make an example out of a man that knows his way around the inside of a PS3. "

    Source: http://www.engadget.com/2009/08/04/c...years-in-jail/

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    Rart's Avatar Hold The Line
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    Can you really get in trouble for doing stuff to your own console? You bought it with your own money, shouldn't you be able to do anything you want with it? Unless he actually found some way of distributing or releasing what he did...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rart View Post
    Can you really get in trouble for doing stuff to your own console? You bought it with your own money, shouldn't you be able to do anything you want with it? Unless he actually found some way of distributing or releasing what he did...
    He was making a business out of modding other people's consoles.

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    Up to 10 years is harsh. Even if it's for modding consoles.

    Let us/me know how his hearing goes if possible OP!
    Last edited by KushBlow; 08-10-2009 at 12:41 AM.

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    yeah i just heard about this. he was also advertising his services all over

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    Evju's Avatar Love Bird BT Rep: +2
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    Only in America.
    Keep being awesome

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    there is always time to make an example out of a man that knows his way around the inside of a PS3
    he must have been bloody good, as no one else knows how to mod a ps3 yet.

    yes, i know its just a little thing, but at least get their facts right ffs.

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    If he modify it and keep a low profile, he won't in trouble now.

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    Unlucky for him,
    Alot of people have hacked/downgraded there consoles.

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    Even if he did modify others consoles , 10 years is too harsh

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