South Korean Customs Takes Down DS Piracy Ring

Wired's Game | Life is reporting that the South Korean Customs Service has taken down a criminal piracy ring comprised of 25 suspects. They are accused of allegedly selling over 90,000 illegally copied games and copying devices for the Nintendo DS worth over 100 billion won ($87 million). The South Korean agency turned over information on the suspects to prosecutors on Monday, according to the Korea Herald. Customs investigators told the South Korean newspaper that its investigation had been underway since April.

South Korean Customs officials claim that these suspects were distributing unauthorized copies of Nintendo DS games along with various circumvention devices such as the R4, and the DS TT. The criminal ring allegedly packaged together their wares and sold them to customers for approximately 40,000 to 100,000 won ($35 – $87 USD). Some of these packages contained a single memory card packed with over 300 games.

According to Wired's report, 15 of the 25 suspects operated websites overseas to sell the wares, and avoided detection by changing IP addresses and managing the sites from internet cafes.

We'll have more on this story as it develops. Thanks to Andrew Eisen for the tip.

Source: Wired's Game | Life

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