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Hacker that allegedly stole millions in FIFA coins from EA goes on trial

By Shawn Knight
Nov 14, 2016
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  1. Most people that hack or otherwise cheat in video games are simply doing so to gain an unfair advantage against their opponents. For Anthony Clark and three others, their motivation allegedly had little to do with playing games.

    Clark is on trial for conspiracy to commit wire fraud after he and three others allegedly created a tool that allowed them to mine FIFA coins from Electronic Arts’ servers.

    FIFA coins serve as the in-game currency for EA’s popular FIFA soccer games. They can be earned by playing the game or purchased using real money, allowing gamers to purchase player packs. The coins are also readily available on the black market from dealers in China and Europe.

    The FBI claims that Clark and his co-defendants used the tool to steal FIFA coins and sell them to third-party sellers, generating anywhere between $15 million and $18 million in cash. The illegal activity reportedly started at some point in 2013 and lasted through September 17 of last year when the FBI began its investigation and started seizing property.

    As Kotaku highlights, the FBI seized nearly $3 million in cash from a Bank of America account that was in Clark’s name in addition to luxury vehicles and several hundreds of thousands of dollars from accounts belonging to co-defendants Ricky Miller, Nicholas Castellucci and Eaton Zveare.

    Miller pled guilty in October, the publication notes.

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,392   +329

    That's pretty amazing to be quite honest but I honestly don't get the bitcoin talk "tool that allowed them to mine FIFA coins from Electronic Arts’ servers"
     
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,560   +862

    Its impressive that so many people are willing to buy fifa coins for a single game, yearly sports game that it generated people MILLIONS in illegal income.
     
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  4. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,910   +534

    I don't get it. After you make some cash why the hell do you continue like *****s until the FBI has to jump in.
     
  5. Axle Grease

    Axle Grease TS Booster Posts: 69   +20

    Was one of the third party sellers G2A?
     
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  6. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Booster Posts: 189   +88

    Wow 2013 to 2017!

    5 years doing an illegal thing. greed brought them down. That was a great tool and a slap to EA's security.
     
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  7. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,103   +346

    Easy answer and the reason most get caught Greed!
     
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  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,509   +2,056

    Maybe the $15~$18 mill is worth the 5 year stretch, maybe less, that they're likely to get, that's if the feds don't get their thieving, sticky fingers on that scratch first. I can't blame them for trying though because if they had got away with it... "easy street, here we come".
     
  9. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,103   +346

    Unless you can get the money out of the country before you get caught its difficult to hide it. And if they know you hid money they will be watching you like a hawk the min you serve your time and get out.
     
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,509   +2,056

    Absolutely.
     

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