An Australian hacker has found himself at the centre of an international corporate espionage investigation after leaking details of Microsoft's new Xbox and listing a prototype on eBay as a joke.
Perth man SuperDaE goes by many names and online aliases, most commonly Dan Henry, but for "safety reasons" he prefers to be called only "Dylan" and describes himself as a freelance security analyst.
Dylan would not say how he obtained the sensitive internal Microsoft information, or how he got his hands on a Durango (the code name for Microsoft's next-generation Xbox console) development kit, questions now at the centre of a joint investigation, which saw one of his Perth residences raided for five hours on Tuesday.
West Australian Police confirmed the raid, but would not say whether, as Dylan claims, an officer from the FBI was present.
"Technology Crime Investigation unit is currently conducting a multi-jurisdictional investigation into computer related offences," WA Police sergeant Gerry Cassidy said. "A search warrant was conducted Tuesday 19 February in relation to this investigation where items were seized."
Dylan, whose computers, phones and banking cards were seized on Tuesday, said he had "no idea what's happening," when he spoke to Fairfax Media on Friday.
"I'm eating one meal a day," he said. "There's no real way to get by, how do I pick things up from nothing?"
But he concedes the backlash did not come as a shock after a friend of his was raided in New Jersey two months ago in relation to the same investigation.
"They just took all my computers my hard drives, all of my technology, they took my bank cards, credit cards, bank statements," he said.
"They cleaned me out pretty much."
Why did he do it? "Out of curiosity," he said. "I like to explore things in my free time and I've got a lot of free time."
After Dylan first leaked information about the Xbox on Twitter he said he was visited by a Microsoft employee who wanted the Durango back.
"It didn't seem like they were going to actually pursue it this way," he said.
"It seemed very much that they just wanted to know where their things were."
But at 7.10 on Tuesday morning there was a knock at the door.
"They had a ram in their hands and a warrant held up to me," Dylan said. "And they left with all my stuff."
Dylan, who is relying on friends and family while he awaits the outcome of the investigation, said he fears the FBI are going to attempt an extradition to the US.
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