Hackers Leak Rediscovered Half-Life 2 Source Code?

The source code to Half-Life 2‘s Source Engine may be presently available on the internet via hackers, according to a post on the Interlopers forum.

In 2003, the Valve network was compromised by German hacker Axel “Ago” Gembe, who monitored the development of Half-Life 2 and eventually stole the entire source code before being caught by the FBI. Four years later, Dutch hacker “MaddoxX” alleged he had bypassed Valve’s security systems and accessed a significant amount of sensitive information, including customer credit card information. He, too, was later arrested and prosecuted.

As of August 31 2012, a Russian underground forum is allegedly discussing and linking to the source code for the Source engine (rev: 2007), with screenshots revealing client builds for the 2007 engine for Team Fortress 2, Team Fortress Classic, Counter-strike Source, Day of Defeat: Source, Half-Life: Source, Portal, Portal – Multiplayer test, and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch.

Speculation suggests this build is a relic of the work of Ago and/or MaddoxX.

Valve has been made aware of the situation.

via Gameranx

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1 Comment on Hackers Leak Rediscovered Half-Life 2 Source Code?


On September 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

Hahah! This had nothing to do with Axel “Ago” Gembe. He used to hangout in our IRC channel, and he’s currently in jail for an unrelated thing (might be released, I haven’t checked up on it). This wasn’t stolen from Valve’s network. It was stolen from a SVN from one of the mod teams that got SteamWorks access back in 2008.