DVD pirate hacks police computer, badly

According to an MPAA press release today, Indonesia's online movie pirates are fighting back against a recent wave of criminal arrests. But not very well.

The country's police and the Motion Picture Association (the MPAA's international arm) have been tracking down owners of Web sites selling pirated DVDs, with the first arrest coming on June 1. Not long afterwards, someone hacked into the local police computer system and planted a virus, apparently to get information on investigators who were trying to buy the illegal DVDs from another local site.

Unfortunately for the would-be hacker, police were able to trace the virus back to its originator. The accused hacker was raided at his home at midnight, and the local police confiscated more than 5000 illegally copied DVDs.

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