Posted on August 1, 2007,

Federal Agents Crack Down on "Modders"


People of the world, you are now safe. After a year long investigation dubbed “Operation Tangled Web”, (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. That’s a lot of numbers listed in a statistical fashion, so it’s hard not to be impressed.

ESA chief Michael Gallagher was quick to slap ICE on the back for helping him keep his job. Here’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, “This is not a game”. 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 let’s go after those guys who sell fake designer purses, those guys have it coming. Grab your shotguns boys… It looks like this operation… is in the bag. Zing!

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4 Comments on Federal Agents Crack Down on "Modders"


On August 2, 2007 at 12:19 am

Yeah, I agree.

While it is illegal, the manpower they used here could be used to help stop terror-cells in the United States, or drug dealers, or even pedophiles. Then again, it is the United States.


On August 2, 2007 at 12:55 am

Big companies and producers need to enforce their copy rights and warranties. I’m sure they have a hand in sending some money to federal law enforcement to see that their patents etc are protected by law. So yeah guilty of someone important has the money to pay like Microsoft etc to slap down illegal activities on their products.


On August 2, 2007 at 10:27 am

Ya this is not good. Let me tell you there is other ways. I live in canada and im sure if i want a mod chip i would get one somehow. What the game system companies should do is like microsofts Xbox live. If u have a mod chip in your system it bans you fron online play. So online gaming is key for the Xbox 360 so only a fool would mod their system and take that chance.

I have known people with older modded systems and with or with out, i still wont spend any more on a game i want. If i have a mod chip in my system id still buy a good game because you get the guarentee it will work correctly. There is even software mods, what about the PSP? no mod chip needed. I beleive if a person owns a system and wants to put in a mod chip why not, they are the one at risk. I have full support for Homebrew software. I know the Xbox has way better homebrew than it ever had as a stand alone machine.

This will only force the modders to get smarter and think of another way. there is always china and other areas to order them, they will just discuise whats in the bag.

But what a waste of good resources, those pigs should be out fighting real crime. not looking in peoples mail for modchips or closing some small home business.

The game system companies need to make more software for their machines and updates. like Divx support for my 360 that would be all i need. Make their systems so good that only a fool would need to mod it.


On August 2, 2007 at 12:47 pm

This is disturbing on too many levels to enumerate…

I have been researching mod chips for the sole purpose of being able to run software which would let my roomate and I play movies and Playstation games at higher resolutions and in progressive scan modes which I otherwise could not, making my purchase of the Component Video cable for the PS2 actually worth more. I’m not looking to steal movies or games, just unlock capabilities not currently available.

This is comparable to arresting people who sell high performance racing gear for cars because someone MIGHT break the speed limit on the public roads.

Secondly, what are the I.C.E. doing busting these cats when THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE SNEAKING INTO THE COUNTRY EVERY DAY?? It seems that if you start screwing with the income of big business from either angle, production (cheap labor) or sales (Piracy) than the Feds are your personal lap dog stoolie goons…Just my humble opinion anyways.