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CoD DoS Arrest

BBC News has the story of a 17 year-old in the U.K. who was arrested for allegedly using a booter program on a Call of Duty server to both boost his own score and to deny others access to the game. The report says Activision reported this issue to the authorities in September, and a Manchester youth is now in police custody for the denial of service under the Computer Misuse Act. "Programs marketed in order to disrupt the online infrastructure not only affect individual players but have commercial and reputational consequences for the companies concerned," said Detective Inspector Paul Hoare, who suggests this is a gateway sort of offense. "These games attract both children and young people to the online environment and this type of crime can often be the precursor to further offending in more traditional areas of online crime." Thanks Big Download.

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45. Re: CoD DoS Arrest Dec 10, 2010, 23:00 CJ_Parker
Safety Helmet wrote on Dec 10, 2010, 20:58:
It didn't disrupt the operations of a commercial online service. For one it's free to play online, for two it wasn't an Activision server.

First of all I'm glad that Flatline already set you straight, son. Secondly, you may want to check if that "safety helmet" of yours isn't constricting the blood flow to those few parts of your brain that might still be functional. You're a funny critter.
The part about it not being a commercial service when actually you have to pay for the game was pretty good already but saying it wasn't an Activision server makes it almost priceless. You do realize that when talking about a "server" that there is a physical component (hardware) and a virtual component (software), right?
And guess what? The CoD server software very much belongs to Activision. As soon as you're launching their EXE and fucking around with it you're at the very least in violation of the EULA and possibly other contractual obligations. And if you're abusing their EXE in ways that include the application of a DoS attack via an external program then we are apparently in criminal act territory under UK law (Computer Misuse Act as the BBC article states) or this arrest wouldn't have taken place. It's that simple really.

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