Federal Agents Crack Down on "Modders"
People of the world, you are now safe. After a year long investigation dubbed â€œOperation Tangled Webâ€, (dun dun dun!!) the department of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (or ICE) has cleaned up this messy world.
What was their target? Was it terrorists? Corrupt CEOs? No, they were after something far more sinister. They were after the plague on mankind known as mod chip distributors. Sure to go down in history as one of the lamest operations ever, Operation Tangled Web was the largest enforcement operation of its kind targeting these felonious dealers.
ICE has just stepped up the operations in a big way, issuing 32 federal search warrants over 16 states over the last 24 hours. Thatâ€™s a lot of numbers listed in a statistical fashion, so itâ€™s hard not to be impressed.
ESA chief Michael Gallagher was quick to slap ICE on the back for helping him keep his job. Hereâ€™s what he had to say:
“Plain and simple, selling and distributing products to illegally bypass game consoles’ piracy protections is a crime with real-life consequences. This is not a game; we’re talking jail time. Enforcement initiatives of this scope send a clear message to both the public and pirate community that this illegal activity will not be tolerated,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president of ESA, the trade association representing U.S. computer and video game publishers. “We commend Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Department of Justice, and the participating U.S. Attorneys’ offices for targeting individuals and groups selling ‘mod-chips’ and pirated game software.”
They arrested people who play video games and he goes, â€œThis is not a gameâ€. Zing! Way to show those jerks who is boss.
Look, laws need to be enforced. I understand that. My only concern here is that so much manpower is wasted on something so trivial. Is an Xbox that plays burned DVDs a threat to national security? I doubt it.
Oh! Next letâ€™s go after those guys who sell fake designer purses, those guys have it coming. Grab your shotguns boysâ€¦ It looks like this operationâ€¦ is in the bag. Zing!