America's Army declares war on hackers

Users have breached Army-funded game's security holes; they're told, "We can track you down."


Producers of the America's Army game have warned hackers, "The Army is angry, and we're coming for you," according to Information Week. In a post to the America's Army forum, executive producer Phil DeLuca said cheaters were "breaking the End-User License Agreement [and] misusing Army property [and]...misusing US Army computer programs and equipment."

America's Army, funded by the US Army (and, ultimately, taxpayer dollars), features realistic and deadly combat in a variety of military settings. While it's free for public use, some players have taken advantage of security holes in the software; specific hacks have not been disclosed. The game has some 4.5 million registered users.

DeLuca threatened hackers, saying, "We know who you are, and can track down where you play from," according to Information Week. "The Army has partners that deal with cyber crime as a matter of course. These include not just various Army IT departments, but also the Department of Justice, the Secret Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations." His post has since been removed from the forums.

An America's Army developer, posting to the forums as "Skyhuntr," told users, "[We] are currently working this issue. I am privy to the efforts going on behind the scenes and they are extensive. We expect that you will see the results of these efforts soon."

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