FBI joins hunt for Half-Life code
Federal agents mounted a dawn raid on a San Franciscan computer programmer last week, seizing hardware and software.
The programmer, Chris Toshok, detailed the events on his web log, denying any illegal activity himself.
The FBI declined to confirm or deny the raid, but US law enforcement sources indicated the search did take place.
The FBI action is the first sign of a serious criminal investigation following the appearance of part of the Half-Life 2 source code on the internet last year.
Developers Valve said the blueprints to the game had been taken from its computers after a hacking effort in September.
As a result of the leaked top-secret code, which accounted for about a third of the game, the release of Half-Life 2 has been delayed twice. It is now due out in April.
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- News: Hackers steal entire Half-Life 2 code (6 October 2003)