Clever: Valve tried to offer job to guy who stole Half-Life 2 source code


Ha! Remember when the Half-Life 2 source code was stolen a few years ago, showing up all over BitTorrent, IRC and the like? It turns out that Valve, once it was able to determine who was responsible (with the help of the FBI), a German fellow by the name of Axel Gembe, attempted to offer him a job! The company offered him the job in order to lure him to the U.S. so he could be arrested. Gembe, perhaps thinking that it was patently ludicrous that the company he just helped screw would want to emply him—you know, to make good use of his elite hacking skills—refused the job.

He was later arrested in Germany, where he doesn’t (didn’t? I’m getting lost in tense here!) face the threat of being sent to Guantanamo.

The moral of the story is, if you succeed in pulling off some major “hack,” don’t think your victim would be so willing to turn the other cheek as to offer you a job. You don’t want to end up on TV now, do you?

Or, as Boing Boing put it, the job is a lie.

Never mind that I’m willing to put a whole $5 on the fact that I read about this fake job offer in Edge magazine several months ago.