Report: Supposed Xbox Next Leaker Raided by FBI

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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    Hevach says:

    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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    Hevach says:

    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.

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    Hevach says:

    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.

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    Conster says:

    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

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    Bennett Beeny says:

    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?

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    Neeneko says:

    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.

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