Thursday, 18 October 2018 06:32

Melbourne homes to be raided over GTA cheat case

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Two properties in Melbourne have been issued a search order for evidence related to a cheat for the video game Grand Theft Auto, under directives from the Federal Court of Australia.

The order, issued on 21 September, was first reported by the website TorrentFreak.

It covered five people named in the order as Christopher Anderson, Cyrus Lesser, Sfinktah, Koroush Anderson and Koroush Jeddian, who have now been prevented from creating or using game cheats.

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The cheat in question, known as Infamous, was taken offline some six months ago. It cost about US$40 and allowed players to utilise a "god mode" that made them invincible and also generate virtual currency.

The court order prohibited the five from creating or using game cheats and froze their assets, PayPal and cryptocurrency accounts.

“You must not remove from Australia or in any way dispose of, deal with or diminish the value of any of your assets in Australia (Australian assets) up to the unencumbered value of AU$286,609.80 (the Relevant Amount),” the order said.

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GTA is published by Rockstar Games; the parent company of Rockstar is Take-Two Interactive.

TorrentFreak said the lawsuit was noteworthy, because of the broad enforcement actions that the court had permitted.

The defendants are yet to file their defence.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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