Australian police, accompanied by a US FBI agent, have raided the home of a man who recently leaked a slew of details about Microsoft's next-generation Xbox console.
Dan Henry, who calls himself "SuperDaE", leaked next-gen Xbox specs and information to gaming site Kotaku earlier this month. Earlier in the week, he tweeted that authorities had raided his home and served him with a warrant, which Henry passed along to another gaming site, The Tech Game. A few days later, The Verge confirmed with West Australian police that the warrant was genuine.
"SuperDaE" last year listed and reportedly sold an Xbox 720 development kit on eBay, which is likely the reason for the raid on Henry's home rather than the leak to Kotaku.
Henry said "7-8" local police officers with the Computer Crime Squad entered his home, accompanied by an FBI agent from the United States. The raid lasted five hours, during which time Henry "was forced to follow [police] around his house as he watched them scavenge everything technology based in his possession," The Tech Game reported.
The warrant states that items to be searched for included records related to three companies: Microsoft, PayPal, and eBay.
Judging by the wording of the warrant and Henry's testimony, the leaking of details about Durango, Microsoft's internal code name for its next-generation game console, was not the reason for the raid. Instead, police appeared to be searching for evidence to tie him to the listing on eBay posted in 2012 that offered a Durango development kit with an Alpha Tower for sale, according to The Verge. The listing by SuperDaE named PayPal as the payment broker, explaining that company's presence in the warrant.
SuperDaE reportedly sold the next-gen Xbox development kit for $20,100 (£13,150) last August.
Neither Henry nor the police source The Verge spoke with have said whether evidence of that nature was found in the Australian man's home. However, The Tech Game said the warrant had the word "Yes" circled next to the question, "Person found/Thing(s) seized?"
The participation of the FBI in the search was reminiscent of US authorities' participation in the raid of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom's New Zealand home last January, The Tech Game noted.
The gaming site said Henry faces a staggering "20+ years with a possible consecutive life sentence" if convicted, though the warrant only lists the rather tame-sounding "unlawful use of a computer" as the suspected offense.
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