Feds say 3rd guilty plea entered in computer hacking case

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Posted: Jan 20, 2015 9:26 PM

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have obtained a third guilty plea involving an international hacking ring that gained access to a U.S. Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers.

Authorities say 20-year-old Nathan Leroux of Bowie, Maryland, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit computer intrusions and criminal copyright infringement. Sentencing is set for May. Authorities say Leroux and his co-defendants conspired to steal software and data related to the Xbox One gaming system and popular games such as "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3." Authorities say the Army computer system was breached through the hacking of a company working on flight simulation software for the Apache helicopter.

Two other men also pleaded guilty and face sentencing in April. A fourth defendant also has been charged.