PC World – Feds Raid Video Game ‘Modders’ in 16 States — Are you kidding me? With drug dealers everywhere, murder, porous borders, terrorism the Feds are concerned about game mods?? Holy crap.

U.S. customs agents raided 32 homes and businesses early Wednesday, searching for hardware that allows pirated video games to play on the popular PlayStation 2, Xbox and Wii consoles.

According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, the search warrants were served in 16 states, including California, Illinois, New York and Texas, as agents looked for evidence of the importation, sale and distribution of the modification devices made overseas and smuggled into the country.

The so-called “mod chips” and “swap discs” targeted by the searches let gamers play pirated titles or counterfeit copies on Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 2, Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox and Xbox 360, and Nintendo Co.’s Wii video game machines.

“Illicit devices like the ones targeted today are created with one purpose in mind, subverting copyright protections,” said Julie Myers, an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, under which ICE operates. “These crimes cost legitimate businesses billions of dollars annually and facilitate multiple other layers of criminality, such as smuggling, software piracy and money laundering.”

Next I supposed they will be cracking heads over unlocked phones. Great.

  1. hhopper says:

    Lets face it. Corporations controlling police action SUCKS!

  2. Mr. Fusion says:

    #28, OFTLO,

    I have never once in my lifetime supported a Republican… ,

    Well I have. Twice.

    The first time my ma-in-law had knee surgery and I helped support her from the car into the house. The second was when my bro-in-law was too drunk to make it into the house, so …

    I have to tell you. It didn’t hurt. I didn’t have stomach problems afterwards. No funny itchy spots on my skin later. The sun even rose the next morning. I don’t regret either support even though my sis-in-law wanted me to leave her hubby outside.

  3. Todd Anderson, III says:

    #14 And, care to tell which corporations were behind the nazi regime? I’m curious about the thing. Ignorants want to learn.

    I would be only too happy to oblige. I submit the following for your edification:

    By the early 1930s, an élite of about twenty of the largest American corporations had a German connection including Du Pont, Union Carbide, Westinghouse, General Electric, Gilette, Goodrich, Singer, Eastman Kodak, Coca-Cola, IBM, and ITT. Finally, many American law firms, investment companies, and banks were deeply involved in America’s investment offensive in Germany, among them the renowned Wall Street law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, and the banks J. P. Morgan and Dillon, Read and Company, as well as the Union Bank of New York, owned by Brown Brothers & Harriman. The Union Bank was intimately linked with the financial and industrial empire of German steel magnate Thyssen, whose financial support enabled Hitler to come to power. This bank was managed by Prescott Bush, grandfather of George W. Bush. Prescott Bush was allegedly also an eager supporter of Hitler, funnelled money to him via Thyssen, and in return made considerable profits by doing business with Nazi Germany; with the profits he launched his son, the later president, in the oil business.

  4. grog says:

    so what the feds are saying is what? that when you buy something it doesn’t really belong to you?

    the only thing that will solve this problem is to simply quit buying these video game systems

  5. Mr. Fusion says:

    And, care to tell which corporations were behind the nazi regime? I’m curious about the thing. Ignorants want to learn.

    Then look it up. Just quit asking mundane questions and then trolling over the answers. Geeze, that all happened 85 to 62 years ago. We have moved on.

    #11 Nice try but Republicans are not in charge of Congress right now. You wanted Democrats and you got Democrats.

    Not a very nice try. This just shows how little you understand about American Government. The President controls the administration of the Federal Government, including the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Currently the President is a Republican. Much has been made recently about the politicization of ALL government branches by the President and his placement of Republicans in key positions.

    I believe the sole purpose of Congress is to screw we the people since it seems like that is what they are good at so I am pissed at both of the mainstream parties so don’t label me in either group.

    Sounds like someone didn’t vote. That makes you part of the problem. In my opinion, those that don’t vote shouldn’t complain.

    Customs also investigates copyright fraud, not just smuggling. So whether you make ten thousand knock offs of whatever in your basement or import them doesn’t matter, it will be Immigration and Customs Enforcement that visits you. Oh, and making ten thousand knock offs is a criminal offense.

  6. tikiloungelizard says:

    All this focus on copyright violations (RIAA, etc.) is because America doesn’t manufacture much of anything anymore. The economy is now based more on brain products, like intellectual property. The problem is that we can’t import enough brain power, and of course we aren’t growing much brain power. Have you visited a high school campus recently? My son was in one and it was appalling. Anyway, we’re slipping, so I suggest you learn Chinese.

  7. Dauragon88 says:

    Everytime I hear about something like this i getthe image of:

    A bunch of geeks sitting in a little room full of computers and CD’s typing and soldering away, when suddenly 15 SWAT dudes with semi automatic weapons burst through the back door throwing smoke and tear gas grenades whilst shouting “DROP THE FUCKING NINTENDO!!!! NOW!!!!!!”

    god that cracks me up.

  8. hhopper says:

    so what the feds are saying is what? that when you buy something it doesn’t really belong to you?

    If you have a pc with Windows, you don’t own the OS that’s on it.

  9. Steve says:

    #35 Mr Fusion – my comments were directed at the people seeming to complain about the Republicans all the time when they are not in charge. The President also appoints the justices on the Supreme Court but I wasn’t talking about who manages it.

    My SO just got elected to her first office and yes I do vote but nothing you or I do is going to change anything with the politics in this country since there are way too many people who don’t care or are misinformed. So the government wins by default or apathy.

  10. Stephen says:

    Soon the storm troopers will probably come knocking on your door for visiting ‘banned’ websites… you know… sites that post ‘real’ news instead of Faux News. For the most part, the government don’t even follow their own laws these days. I’m sure they will have a special FEMA camp just for us geeks. I”m so sick of the police state. =p

  11. Jeremy Shetland says:

    The feds don’t work for you and me, they work for whichever corporation happens to be issuing the orders at the moment – the MPAA, RIAA, defense, media, drug pushers etc. Prosecute white-collar gangsters? Why would they arrest their own bosses?

  12. nonStatist says:

    With drug dealers everywhere, murder, porous borders, terrorism the Feds are concerned about game mods?? Holy crap.

    Don’t tell me you’re one of those pro drug war nuts.

  13. Ninja says:

    Good thing I don’t live in the States. Viva Modders Pinata! I have no idea what I just said!

  14. ECA says:

    Good comment…
    When the US gov acknowledges, that they can only Scan >10% of cargo incoming from CERTAIN ports of call, for ANYTHING, which includes radioactive material, to explosives, to Smuggled in Terrorists(look for the holes in the Can).
    They they cant control our borders, and dont PAY those that do, Very much…
    When they take almost ALL of our national guard, air guard, coast guard, to Stock up on personnel in a war OUR GOV, is paying 10-100 times MORE to corps to supply goods that should have been made YEARS ago.(except the foods).
    Outsourcing, of military Jobs for repair, and supply, insted of TRAINING our men to do the job.
    FROM a nation that cant Support 1% of its people being in the military..

    PS, and dont forget the RAISE that congress and the rep just got.
    Or that the HEAD of the Veterans admin CUT everything back, and THEN got a raise…
    firing A GOOd person in the role of FEMA head, and substituting someone ELSE, FIRING that person, and installing a military person, and FIRING them for someone ELSE….No wonder Louisiana is still in shambles.
    and most of those that went IN with GWB, have been replaced at LEAST 1 time…
    cutting the gov budget to ALL resources(they still got a raise) so that many gov facilities had to SHUT down offices, including the FDA, in California(major import DOCKS)…

  15. Li says:

    #14/ #22

    Pedro; Just a few Nazi Corporations you might know of; Krupp, Bayer, Volkswagen, Ford Werke AG (A German branch of Ford), Daimler-Benz, Siemens, Leica, Deutch Bank, BASF, Degussa-Huel, Hoechst ect.

    Note: I am only including very large, still existent, companies that directly employed -slave labor- courtesy of Der Fuhrer. The number of complicit companies lists in the hundreds. None of the executives of these companies were significantly punished (many should have been executed for murder) and only a few slaves have been compensated. I am also not includine corporations outside germany that supported the regime (such as IBM)

    Fascism is Corporatism. It is the control of the state by an economic elite. This is not and has not ever been contested. Period.

    Here is just one source: http://www.religioustolerance.org/fin_nazi.htm

  16. Summertime says:

    Xbox modders ??
    What about the government of Iran.
    Seem to be in a race to get the atomic bomb for no ( or our good purpose)
    Pretty piddly stuff going after x box modders


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