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.

See also: DOJ indicts two Chinese hackers for attempted IP theft of COVID-19 research

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

There is a long-standing community of hackers and gaming enthusiasts focused on jailbreaking consoles — such as Nintendo handhelds, the PSX, and PS Vita — and

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Members Of A Prominent Video Game Piracy Group Have Been Arrested

Members of the multinational video game piracy group Team Xecuter are facing multiple felony charges, the US Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Washington announced Friday. Max Louarn, Yuanning Chen, and Gary Bowser (yes, that’s really his last name) were all charged with 11 felony counts, including wire fraud, trafficking in circumvention devices, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

“These defendants were allegedly leaders of a notorious international criminal group that reaped illegal profits for years by pirating video game technology of US companies,” Brian Rabbitt, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, said. “These arrests show that the department will hold accountable hackers who seek to commandeer and exploit the intellectual property of American companies for financial gain, no matter where they may be located.”

Team Xecuter, known for releasing homebrew software for various video game systems including the Nintendo Switch and 3DS, is comprised

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Cylynt Announces New Technology in the Fight Against Software Piracy

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cylynt introduces today Cylynt Ranger, a powerful new piracy detection application that enables independent software vendors (ISVs) to identify and track the illegal usage of older, non-instrumented releases of their software applications. 

By detecting the presence of illegal cracked software installations, this unique product also helps protect end users from the potential threats posed by malware and ransomware that come bundled with cracked software installations. 

Cylynt Ranger can monitor and report on the use of multiple software releases, in particular, legacy releases not instrumented with phone-home technology. Automated Ranger version updates are deployed from the gateway server to the protected machines. Piracy detection signatures can be continuously updated and deployed as new cracks are identified.
 
As a provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based anti-piracy, license compliance and software monetization technology, Cylynt helps companies identify who is using counterfeit or unlicensed software. “Software vendors must

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