Half-Life 2 hacker “very sorry” for stealing source code

Tuesday, 22 February 2011 11:55 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Axel Gembe, the person who managed to hack into Valve’s computer network and download the source code for Half-Life 2, has said he’s “very sorry” for causing the situation.

In a feature around the leak, Gembe told Eurogamer: “I am so very sorry for what I did to you. I never intended to cause you harm. If I could undo it, I would. It still makes me sad thinking about it. I would have loved to just stay and watch you do your thing, but in the end I screwed it up.

“You are my favorite developer, and I will always buy your games.”

Gembe admitted he infamously downloaded the source code from Valve’s network back in 2003, but says he was not the one who uploaded it onto the internet, saying that the person who uploaded it was the only one Gembe shared the code with.

“I didn’t think it through,” he said. “There was, of course, an element of bragging going on. But the person I shared the source with assured me he would keep it to himself. He didn’t.”

Gembe was eventually arrested by German police for what he did, but was given two years probation for his childhood and how he managed to turn his life around.

The full feature is through. It’s an great read.

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