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BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage

The Bohemia Interactive Studios Forums have a confirmation from CEO Marek Spanel of sketchy reports from yesterday that a pair of the company's employees have been arrested for espionage. This is reported in Greek on NEWS247, and a machine translation shows us this says a pair of Czechs were arrested in Myrina, Greece with a camcorder and photographs of camps and military facilities. They have explained they were doing research for Arma 3, but there's no further word yet on how this is playing out. Spanel's post confirms the report is true, but asks that it not be discusses in the forums "at least until we know more specific details about the case."

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33. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 12, 2012, 11:04 eRe4s3r
 
Well that is maybe what it is. But you shouldn't forget that in Greece there are violent riots every now and then. And they will only get worse. It is always possible that radicals spy out military bases to get access to weapons and explosives.

I just mean as game-developer, you do not travel to military bases without asking very nicely first, and if you are told no.. well sucks to be you, Greece mainly has German hardware anyway ^^.

But as for why this reaction in from Greece... I do not know. I think the nerves are strained in Greece. It's not a good place to be right now as a foreigner.

And yeah, my snippish first post mainly targeted at the fact that this isn't exactly the first time ;p
 
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32. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 12, 2012, 10:21 Darks
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 00:05:
jacobvandy wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 16:17:
Greece is governed by jackasses. Surely the devs weren't trespassing inside the base itself? They must have been standing on the road outside of a perimeter fence or something, and so what's the point of cordoning off your military installation at that distance if you're so insecure about people seeing it from the outside? As if they had something to hide... You never hear about the Greek Army's prowess.

Yea....well...you know what they said about the Spanish Inquisition!

First off this just shows how idiotic the govt of Greece really is. Secondly, letís get serious for a min; no one needs to run around with a Camcorder to get photos when a Satellite can do the job more efficiently and better. Plus were talking about Greece, really what military do they really have that matters in the world.
 
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31. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 12, 2012, 00:10 RailWizard
 
dj LiTh wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 12:15:
Either they really are spies, or BIS is an incompetent company with employees to match.

I believe its the latter.

DING DING DING!
 
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30. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 12, 2012, 00:10 RailWizard
 
space captain wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 23:53:
ASeven wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 11:01:
Wow this story is insane.

you know whats really insane? the prices on greek yogurt! people cant get enough of that shit

lol how the hell would you know that?
 
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29. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 12, 2012, 00:05 xXBatmanXx
 
jacobvandy wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 16:17:
Greece is governed by jackasses. Surely the devs weren't trespassing inside the base itself? They must have been standing on the road outside of a perimeter fence or something, and so what's the point of cordoning off your military installation at that distance if you're so insecure about people seeing it from the outside? As if they had something to hide... You never hear about the Greek Army's prowess.

Yea....well...you know what they said about the Spanish Inquisition!
 
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28. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 11, 2012, 23:53 space captain
 
ASeven wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 11:01:
Wow this story is insane.

you know whats really insane? the prices on greek yogurt! people cant get enough of that shit
 
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27. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 11, 2012, 22:46 bjack
 
Kitridge wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 15:06:
OH NO... developer 1... IS DOWN... OH NO... developer 2... IS DOWN...

3: WHERE ARE YOU?

Rotfl

 
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26. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 11, 2012, 22:23 Fantaz
 
nin wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 11:06:
ASeven wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 11:01:
Wow this story is insane.

Iran still has one of the Kuma devs. Over a year now.


Damn, I feel sorry for that Kuma dev... they probably beat him to a pulp for him to confess that he's with the CIA. Who has time to work for the CIA and be a game dev at the same? This: "he worked for Kuma Reality Games, which was paid by the CIA to design movies and video games with the objective of swaying consumers to receive a distasteful impression of the Middle East." sure... he'll probably get 19 years now, or worse, the death sentence.
 
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25. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 11, 2012, 21:38 Turglar
 
They're obviously terrorists working on a murder simulator to entice young infidels to join their ranks.  
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24. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 11, 2012, 17:29 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Quboid wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 17:14:
Tumbler wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 16:45:
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 10:48:
"Hey what you doing tomorrow? Wanna take pictures of Greek military bases right when they have the biggest crisis in the history of the nation?"

I'm confused. What is the crisis in greece that warrants them freaking out about pictures of their military bases? Is the population attacking these installations on a routine basis? Last I heard the currency was in trouble but what exactly would be the point of being so secretive about your military bases...you can't exactly pay for a standing army with promises.

Greece worried about invasion from their neighbors?


Their politicians will be extra keen to find someone to blame for something - anything - to distract from the real problems. Incidentally, eRe4s3r didn't say it was warranted.

This seems like the most likely explanation. Jackasses trying to distract from their jackassery.
 
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23. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 11, 2012, 17:20 Creston
 
If you want to take pictures of a nation's military base, you go the said nation's government, you say "Hey, I'm with Bohemia Interactive Studios, we're making this game called Arma 3. We're going to base it on this island, and we want to make it look real life, so we'd like to take some outside pictures of your military base. Nothing secret, and we will let you have the final word on what we can show or not. Would that be okay?"

Then you sit through the year's worth of paperwork and elbow-greasing it takes to get something like that done. And then you go and take your pictures, while escorted by some dour old lieutenant who's three years away from retirement who grumbles at you all day how war is not a game and how if HE was in charge of the nation's youth, he'd show them how to play games and yadda yadda yadda.

Or, you know, you can just go there randomly and take pictures of some military base, and wind up with your ass in jail.

BIS devs... you chose poorly.

Creston

 
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22. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 11, 2012, 17:14 Quboid
 
Tumbler wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 16:45:
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 10:48:
"Hey what you doing tomorrow? Wanna take pictures of Greek military bases right when they have the biggest crisis in the history of the nation?"

I'm confused. What is the crisis in greece that warrants them freaking out about pictures of their military bases? Is the population attacking these installations on a routine basis? Last I heard the currency was in trouble but what exactly would be the point of being so secretive about your military bases...you can't exactly pay for a standing army with promises.

Greece worried about invasion from their neighbors?


Their politicians will be extra keen to find someone to blame for something - anything - to distract from the real problems. Incidentally, eRe4s3r didn't say it was warranted.
 
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21. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 11, 2012, 16:45 Tumbler
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 10:48:
"Hey what you doing tomorrow? Wanna take pictures of Greek military bases right when they have the biggest crisis in the history of the nation?"

I'm confused. What is the crisis in greece that warrants them freaking out about pictures of their military bases? Is the population attacking these installations on a routine basis? Last I heard the currency was in trouble but what exactly would be the point of being so secretive about your military bases...you can't exactly pay for a standing army with promises.

Greece worried about invasion from their neighbors?
 
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20. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 11, 2012, 16:17 jacobvandy
 
Greece is governed by jackasses. Surely the devs weren't trespassing inside the base itself? They must have been standing on the road outside of a perimeter fence or something, and so what's the point of cordoning off your military installation at that distance if you're so insecure about people seeing it from the outside? As if they had something to hide... You never hear about the Greek Army's prowess.  
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19. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 11, 2012, 16:11 Zyrxil
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft_spotting#Legal_ramifications

Apparently the Greeks are fucking insane about this sort of thing. Rah-rah throw out the Turks, we're still globally relevant type Insane.
 
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18. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 11, 2012, 15:54 jdreyer
 
The overreaction by the Greeks is apropos on 9/11.  
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17. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 11, 2012, 15:52 jdreyer
 
a pair of Czechs were arrested in Myrina, Greece with a camcorder and photographs of camps and military facilities

What, Google Earth was down or something?
 
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16. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 11, 2012, 15:36 PHJF
 
Wow. Who the hell cares about Greece's military anyway?

Thracians?
 
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15. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 11, 2012, 15:06 Kitridge
 
OH NO... developer 1... IS DOWN... OH NO... developer 2... IS DOWN...

3: WHERE ARE YOU?
 
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14. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 11, 2012, 14:06 Wowbagger_TIP
 

Wow. Who the hell cares about Greece's military anyway? Maybe they're afraid they'll sell the info back to the Greek government, seeing as they're their own worst enemy lately.
 
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