Third Microsoft hacker pleads guilty in Wilmington federal court

A third hacker in an international ring responsible for stealing more than $100 million in intellectual property and proprietary data pled guilty Tuesday in a federal court in Wilmington to the charges against him.

Nathan Leroux, 20, of Bowie, Maryland, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit computer intrusions and criminal copyright infringement.

Leroux was charged with cyber theft of software and data related to the Xbox One console, Xbox Live gaming service and popular games such as “FIFA,” “Call of Duty,” and “Gears of War 3.”

He was indicted on charges stemming from his activities between January 2011 and September 2012. The group of which Leroux was a part gained unauthorized access to the networks of various companies, including Microsoft Corporation, Epic Games Inc., Valve Corporation, and Zombie Studios.

The group stole unreleased software, software source code, trade secrets, copywrited and pre-release works and other similar information. Some members also stole financial and other sensitive information relating to the companies–though not the information of customers using the services of those companies.

Leroux has been in custody since trying to flee into Canada from Buffalo, New york, on June 16, 2014.

He is the third of four members facing charges in the case. Sanadodeh Nesheiwat, 28, of Washington, New Jersey, and David Pokora, 22, of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, previously pled guilty to the same charges on September 30, 2014.

Charges against a fourth member of the group, Austin Alcala, 19, of McCordsville, Indiana, remain pending.