Members Of Videogame Hacking Group The Xecuter Arrested, Face 11 Felony Charges

KEY POINTS

  • The FBI have arrested two members of The Xecuter abroad last month
  • The group is known for their videogame exploits that allow users to play pirated copies of games
  • Max Louarn and Gary Bowser will each face 11 counts of felony 

Two members of an infamous piracy group have been arrested for their involvement in developing and selling illegal devices that hack popular videogame consoles.

French national Max Louarn, 48, and Canadian Gary Bowser, 51, were arrested abroad last month and charged with 11 felony counts including conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to circumvent technological measures and to traffic in circumvention devices, trafficking in circumvention devices and conspiracy to commit money laundering, the Department of Justice said.

Shenzhen, China resident Yuanning Chen, 35, was also charged alongside Louarn and Bowser.

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Leaders of ‘notorious’ Team Xecuter game piracy, homebrew group arrested

Two alleged leaders of the Team Xecuter game piracy group, known for selling methods to hack and homebrew consoles, have been arrested.

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said on Friday that Max Louarn and Gary Bowser were arrested abroad. Bowser, a Canadian national, was deported from the Dominican Republic, and extradition is being sought for Louarn, a French national, to stand trial in the US. 

Chinese national Yuanning Chen, another alleged member of the group, has also been charged. Charges have been filed in the US District Court in Seattle.

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Team Xecuter is known for developing devices and software designed to hack Nintendo consoles, including the Switch and 3DS. 

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