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Xbox Underground hackers plead guilty after $100M video game break-in

Hackers who infiltrated computer networks of games companies, including Microsoft, and stole commercially valuable information about Xbox One and Xbox One games, today pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges.

In a Delaware court today, David Pokora, 22, of Mississauga, Ontario, and Sanadodeh Nesheiwat, 28, of Washington, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit computer fraud and copyright infringement.

Calling themselves The Xbox Underground, the hackers broke into various game company networks including Zombie Studios, which was working with the U.S. Army on simulation software. The gang also broke into the military's network.

Prosecutors said the value of the assets stolen was $100 million. Sentencing, due to take place in January, could carry a maximum five year jail sentence.

Charges have also been brought against Nathan Leroux, 20, of Bowie, Maryland, and Austin Alcala, 18, of McCordsville, Indiana, as well as an unnamed Australian national. Investigators say they are continuing work on the case.

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