An Indiana teenager has been changed as part of an international computer hacking ring that broke into computer networks and stole more than $100 million in intellectual property and other data.
The DOJ claims that from January 2011 to March 2014, Austin Alcala, from McCordsville Indiana, along with three other men hacked into the computer networks of Microsoft Corporation, Epic Games Inc., Valve Corporation, Zombie Studios as well as the U.S. Army.
Austin Alcala, 18, of McCordsville, Indiana, along with Nathan Leroux, 20, of Bowie, Maryland; Sanadodeh Nesheiwat, 28, of Washington, New Jersey; and David Pokora, 22, of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, were charged with conspiracies to commit computer fraud, copyright infringement, wire fraud, mail fraud, identity theft and theft of trade secrets. The defendants were also charged with individual counts of aggravated identity theft, unauthorized computer access, copyright infringement and wire fraud. Continue reading