Report: Supposed Xbox Next Leaker Raided by FBI

February 19, 2013 -

Ars Technica is reporting that the anonymous source that tried to sell an alleged Microsoft "Durango" development kit via EBay claims that he has been raided by the FBI and local law enforcement. Oops, that's what happens when you try to sell something you probably shouldn't on EBay. But beyond that, he leaked information about the new system ahead of Microsoft's official announcement which is expected to happen later this year. This it seems, is what really earned him a visit from the FBI and likely a quick ride in the party van.

The source known as SuperDaE tweeted this morning that the FBI visited him:

Later - in response to someone - he tweeted that one FBI agent and 7 - 8 police officers gave him a home inspection:

Of course, there's no way to independently confirm if this story is true and there are some odd discrepancies about his alleged current location (Raleigh, NC) and where the eBay auction post points to (Perth, Australia). That Durango development kit sold for over AUD$50,000 on EBay.

Source: Ars Technica


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Re: Report: Supposed Xbox Next Leaker Raided by FBI

Wow, Microsoft has a camera system that can watch what you do in your home, and they wield the power of the federal government?  Is it 1984 yet?

Re: Report: Supposed Xbox Next Leaker Raided by FBI

To protect and serve... corporate interests.

Re: Report: Supposed Xbox Next Leaker Raided by FBI

This isn't just a simple case of violating a contract. If he actually was selling a dev kit, he was violating the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, and trade secrets law enforcement is primarily the job of the FBI.

Alternatively, if he did not have what he claimed to have, he was committing fraud by trying to collect payment for it, which is also primarily handled by the FBI.

Re: Report: Supposed Xbox Next Leaker Raided by FBI

WTF!? The fricken FBI? Don't they have better things to do than chase down folks who've violated an NDA? I mean, no domestic terrorists? No X-Files? Nothing happening in Twin Peaks?

Re: Report: Supposed Xbox Next Leaker Raided by FBI

Oh, the FBI has plenty of time and man power to dedicate to creating and then stopping domestic terrorist threats that wouldn't otherwise exist without FBI assistance. 

Re: Report: Supposed Xbox Next Leaker Raided by FBI

Sadly, it seems the drone strike program takes out those terrorists before they become enough of the threat that the FBI is allowed to step in. So they have to do something to justify their salaries. cheeky

Re: Report: Supposed Xbox Next Leaker Raided by FBI

If true, it is both sad and scary.

Violating and NDA is a contract violation... the type of thing that generally does not get the attention of police or the FBI, much less mobalize them.

Re: Report: Supposed Xbox Next Leaker Raided by FBI

Yep. Police and FBI should not be involved in contract disputes. Those are civil matters and do not fall under the role of law enforcement.

Re: Report: Supposed Xbox Next Leaker Raided by FBI

...unless your name is Microsoft...

...or Apple (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/04/26/police-raid-gizmodo-editors-home/).

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Re: Report: Supposed Xbox Next Leaker Raided by FBI

This really prompts me to buy a PS4 when they come out...

Re: Report: Supposed Xbox Next Leaker Raided by FBI

Uh, yeah, remember this guy? Released information on the PS3's software authentication, got an FBI raid for his trouble. How about the more notable Geohot?

Hope you like your Wii U, except the guy who tried to hack that got raided by Spanish police.

The Ouya hasn't been involved in a case like that... yet.

Re: Report: Supposed Xbox Next Leaker Raided by FBI

Why would the OUYA get involved inanything like this? It openly allows for modding, hacking and home development. 

Re: Report: Supposed Xbox Next Leaker Raided by FBI

They wouldn't be the first company to recant on something like that when they realize it opens the door to something that damages their revenues. Nearly the entire open source side of the software industry did the same thing over several years as loopholes and strange interpretations took hold that allowed open source software to be sold in an effectively closed source form, with source code that cannot compile into anything resembling the finished product.

And pertitnent to Ouya, Android was at the core of that - almost none of the actual versions that come on devices are based on the same source code that's publicly available. HTC, Motorolla, Samsung, and Sony all claimed to be softening their stance on moding with unlockable bootloaders, but still punish users with disabled service and bricked devices for actually using modded devices, and in a few cases even prosecute stores which provide rooting service to do so.

 
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