The Great Pacific Hacker Purge (大太平洋ハッカーパージ Dai-Taiheiyō Hakkā Pāji?) took place on April 2, 2007, where the FBI and SPCA arrested seven Team Crimson hackers in four countries.



Three hackers were arrested in Minecraftia, the source country of Team Crimson. The main perpetrator, Hearthcliffe, was arrested after he was accused of murdering a teacher when he was younger and hacking into his school's computer network to change his grades so he can graduate from Mineplex All Boys High School after he was expelled from Minecraftia High School. The second hacker, who goes by the alias Sassy Otaku, was arrested after she was accused of hacking the Minecraftia High School website and posting a fake story of Junji Ebina being still alive and well in North Korea. Another one of her charges was she was accused of stealing account information from more than 900 students, including alumni and students currently attending. The third hacker, who goes by the name Joey Belmont, was accused of launching denial-of-service attacks against 20th Century Fox, Nihon Ad Systems, and Toei Animation for retaliation of refusing to process counter-notifications to VidSpace.


Another one of the suspects, who was nabbed in Hiroshima, was accused of hacking into a conference call between the Lucky Star Kingdom and Minecraftia High School on cyber gangs. He goes by the alias Gunmetal Mario (ガンメタル・マリオ Ganmetaru Mario?), and he taunted both organizations by recording the call and posting the call to YouTube and VidSpace. Another one of his charges including attempted murder on a girl on the Sanyou Expressway.


Another hacker in Vancouver, British Columbia was punished for hacking into Hideo Ochiai Labs' website to download confidential information, stealing spell card information and paperwork from the Minecraftia Opera House. When he hacked the Minecraftia Opera House website, he was charged with stealing account information from more than 500,000 subscribers and banked more than $600,000 CND ($480,000 USD) from stolen credit card information at nearby ATMs.

United States

Two hackers from San Francisco, California were accused of launching a super virus in 2005 that affected more than 150,000 websites globally by defacing their home pages with an erotic fan fiction. When they were taken down, Symantec warned Norton users not to visit any website affected by the virus, as the virus can potentially affect their IP address and lock them out of their browser by putting the fanfic right on their home page.

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