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    Call of Duty cyber attack prompts arrest of boy, 17

    Call of Duty cyber attack prompts arrest of boy, 17




    The cyber attack affected online players of Call of Duty
    A teenager has been arrested in connection with a cyber attack which put the online version of the computer game Call of Duty out of action.

    The 17-year-old was arrested in the Beswick area of Manchester by the Metropolitan Police's central e-crime unit earlier. It followed a "denial of service" attack, which saw large numbers of people unable to play the game online.

    Games company Activision contacted police in September this year.
    Denial of service attacks are aimed at making websites unusable. The attack was facilitated via a malicious program called "Phenom Booter", which was also being offered for sale on a web forum which allowed those playing Call of Duty to score more points while stopping other people playing the game. Detectives established that the server was hosted within the UK and further investigation traced the IP address more specifically to the Greater Manchester area.

    'Commercial impact'

    The teenager, arrested on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act, is currently in police custody.

    Det Insp Paul Hoare said: "Online gaming is a major retail sector with millions of titles being sold in the run-up to Christmas worldwide. "Programs marketed in order to disrupt the online infrastructure not only affect individual players but have commercial and reputational consequences for the companies concerned.

    "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."
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    Ya know, the first thing I thought was "here we go, another Black Ops thread" and then I realized it was an actual news story and posted by you, lol.

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    Lol , did you have your mouse hovering over the close thread button?
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    Trust the old Mancs!!

    Officially according to home office reports Manchester has the highest crime rate in England and is also home to some of the countries worse criminals


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    Wow: realtime feed says your replied but I don't see it nor a deleted post, lol. But yeah, I was getting ready to hit that CLOSE button

    And poof, now it's there lmao --- IDK what that was about.

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    Yes realtime has been giving me issues. It keeps saying I have a PM even though I've already read it and it won't stay updated...when I open realtime it has to update/show about 20 threads or so instead of 5 like it usually does.

    Stopped using it for now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightstah View Post
    Ya know, the first thing I thought was "here we go, another Black Ops thread" and then I realized it was an actual news story and posted by you, lol.
    Same here :') Anyway, I hate cheaters, it's just pathetic. Certainly this kind of thing. They just ruin the game for everyone, so they can be 'awesome'.
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    I'm torn between...

    I'm torn between the fact that I really hate cheaters and the fact that if it wasn't for people trying to push the limits of hardware and software, we would still be using vacuum tubes. If there is a vulnerability in hardware or software that can be exploited to perform harmful or destructive acts, then there is a definite reason for someone to find and fix that exploit. And since most companies now can't be bothered to properly test their products, it's up to the people that are talented enough to discover it. But the talented few aren't bound by the same regulations that employees are. They aren't required to fix the vulnerability and trying to report a bug to a big company is a major pain. That leaves them with no other choice but to create something to exploit that vulnerability in order to alert the company that they need to properly test their product. And that's why things like Hacker's Toolkit and other hack/crack tools exist. Or, like with gaming systems, they exploit it make the product DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO!! Something that the company should do, but they don't because that would reduce the profit margin. The person that should be getting in trouble is the people who make the product. If they would code and test properly, the amount of vulnerabilities would be greatly reduced and we the people would be much more at ease. While I do not agree with the app that the boy made, if he hadn't made it, what would've stopped someone with a little more malicious attitude from making something worse?

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    While I do not agree with the app that the boy made, if he hadn't made it, what would've stopped someone with a little more malicious attitude from making something worse?
    Common sense and decency? (Lol not very much of that around though so you got me).
    The person that should be getting in trouble is the people who make the product
    No the guy that took the time to find the exploit and wreck other peoples experience should be.

    There is good hacking and bad hacking and I undestand what you're saying....but I don't think that applys to this type of thing. Just my opinion.
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    I have a lot of respect for you and your opinions, having read many posts by you. And I totally feel what you're saying. A person having both common sense and decency is pretty rare. But the vulnerability is there. And who knows how bad it is? Thanks to that boy, who really did nothing more than create a nuisance and a way to stupid losers to cheat, the vulnerability is known and can be fixed quicker and easier. Better than if someone had found it and coded something devious that really caused some $#!+.

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