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The primary hacker ultimately was located in Germany who admitted hacking into Valve's server but denying the distribution of the code. Investigations are continuing at this time, according to Newell.
Last month, the thieves were arrested in Germany and other undisclosed countries.
Having accessed Valve's server through a security-bypassing loophole in Windows, the hackers were able to download an early and hugely incomplete version of Half-Life 2 and post it on the internet for downloading via Usenet. A boxed version of the code was even on sale on the Ukrainian and Russian black markets.
"Once into our network, hacking tools were installed, and a custom source control client created to extract the Half-Life 2 code,"