Final 12 months’s Ubisoft hostage hoax reportedly the work of infamous Rainbow Six cheater • Eurogamer.internet

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And extra hoaxes have been made since then.

The hostage hoax that noticed armed police rush to the places of work of Ubisoft Montreal whereas dozens of staff barricaded themselves on the rooftop for security was the work of a infamous Rainbow Six cheater, says a new report by Canadian newspaper La Presse.

Based on courtroom paperwork obtained by La Presse, the catalyst for final 12 months’s police response was a hoax name from a person claiming that 5 males had taken 40 staff hostage at Ubisoft – and that they might “blow up all the things” if calls for for a $2m ransom weren’t met. Staff have been later safely escorted off the premises as police continued to research the scene, however La Presse studies the incident did not mark the tip of the caller’s malicious marketing campaign.

In December, for example, a person allegedly claimed to have positioned a bomb close to the daycare facility inside Ubisoft Montreal’s places of work, whereas one other name in January claimed a senior Ubisoft worker had been shot within the head following one other hostage incident. In each instances, the police are stated to have made extra “discreet” checks as a substitute of instantly launching a serious operation such because the one seen in November.

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A remaining name to Ubisoft only a day later reportedly noticed the identical particular person threaten to proceed terrorising the corporate after an try to impersonate a Rainbow Six designer and achieve entry to their company account failed. On the time, the caller is alleged to have demanded Rainbow Six keys and the instructions wanted to ban individuals.

Based on La Presse, Ubisoft and Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) consider the individual liable for the hoaxes is French citizen Yanni Ouahioune – who, underneath the names ‘Yannox keyboard’ and ‘Y4nn0XX’ has been banned from Rainbow Six greater than 80 instances. Nevertheless, though Ouahioune is alleged to have admitted to being concerned in a swatting incident – and has been formally accused by French police of establishing a faux Ubisoft website to steal account particulars from different Rainbow Six gamers – he has denied any involvement within the hoaxes.

Ouahioune advised the paper (by way of Google translate), “I did not do something. I simply cheated of their video video games. The one time I referred to as Ubisoft was to insult them for banning me [from the Rainbow Six game]”.

GamesIndustry.biz studies an SPVM consultant, when requested if Ouahioune had been charged with something, confirmed police are working to establish and arrest a number of suspects. Nevertheless, La Presse claims that, even when the investigation stays lively, it is unlikely the police will formally accuse Ouahioune of creating the hoax calls in Quebec, provided that France doesn’t extradite its residents.

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