A Perth teenager — who has gained popularity in cyberspace under the name SuperDaE — has had his home raided and possessions seized by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and WA Police as part of an international corporate espionage probe.
Months after the local hacker revealed commercially sensitive information about Microsoft’s yet-to-be-released Xbox on social networking site Twitter, police this week raided a Beckenham house belonging to his parents.
Dylan, a prolific social media user whose SuperDaE Twitter account has 27,630 followers, had also posted an online advertisement offering to sell a development kit for Durango — Microsoft’s new Xbox design.
A development kit is what Microsoft sends to companies so they can develop Xbox games. The leaks caused waves in technology circles around the world, given details of Microsoft’s design have been a closely guarded secret.
Dylan, who asked The Weekend West not to publish his surname and has not been charged with any offence, said the experience was “traumatic”.
“There was a knock on the door and when I opened it they were actually about to ram the door,” he said.
He said he was told the FBI was considering extraditing him to the US. The Weekend West understands an FBI agent was at the Tuesday morning raid, which took about five hours.
WA Police confirmed they had raided a property linked to Dylan but refused to confirm his claims an FBI officer was also present.
A WA Police spokeswoman said the technology crime investigation unit was running a multi-jurisdictional investigation into computer offences.
Dylan, who described himself as a freelance security consultant, said his motivation for obtaining and leaking sensitive Microsoft information in August last year was “curiosity” or “just because it was possible to do it”.
He said he was contacted by Microsoft last year for details of flaws in their security system.
Initially he said he corresponded with Microsoft but ultimately stopped when it appeared “they wanted me to do their job for them”.
A Twitter trend to #FreeSuperDaE is gaining momentum.