- Just over a week ago it was reported
that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for XBox 360 was leaked early to the Internet.
Since then, a pirate who advertised his services of Modern Warfare 2 and an XBox 360 before the street launch of the game has been busted by Activision with the help of an online detective they hired.
Apparently the whole process took less than a week for him to be located and busted, according to Rob Holmes
, owner of IPCybercrime.
To quote from VentureBeat.com (linked above): "This kid was in a position to sell thousands of these," Holmes said.
Police interrogated the runner, who led them to Christian Del Amo
's home. They then arrested Del Amo yesterday. Del Amo's attorney has not returned a call for comment.
The whole process, from finding the first tip to the bust, took less than a week. While the operation snagged a perpetrator, it didn't move fast enough to prevent the massive copying of the game on the torrents on the Internet.
"Hopefully it is a lesson," said Holmes. "If you try to do piracy on a large scale, you will get caught. When you use the Internet, you always leave tracks somewhere."