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US army threatens hackers

Date: January 15, 2005

The executive producer of America's Army, a free online game funded by the US Army, is hopping mad at hackers who have taken advantage of the game's security hole.

In a posting to the game's official forum, executive producer Phil DeLuca said that hackers infiltrating the game were not only breaking the EULA but misusing Army property.

"Worse, you're misusing US Army computer programs and equipment," he wrote. "The Army is angry, and we're coming for you."

DeLuca's post, which has since been removed from the site, went on to say that "we know who you are, and can track down where you play from."

He also went so far as to cite 20th century tensions between Japan and the United States to lambast who he called "the bad guys."

"In the early 1940's, Japan learned an important lesson...let the sleeping giant lie. We may not react swiftly, but when we do it's with unstoppable force. The Army has partners that deal with cyber crime as a matter of course. \

"These include not just various Army IT departments, but also the Department of Justice, the Secret Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)," he claimed.

America's Army has more than 4.5 million registered users, but the taxpayer-funded first-person shooter game has come under fire from some disturbed by its links to Army recruiting.

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2005-01-18 06:27:12 - I wish the military would share some of... Tamako
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