Win a buttload at video poker, go to jail

Wild story on Wired about two guys (oh, and maybe some accomplices) who exploited a bug in certain video poker machines and won something like $500,000 by simply playing the machines a certain way. The key defendant’s lawyer says his client discovered the vulnerability while playing $12 million worth of video poker (and losing $1 million of it) in a year.

Yeah, I’d want to exploit me some vulnerabilities. 

Unethical? Yeah, sure. But they weren’t doing anything the machines weren’t allowing them to do. And now they are facing federal charges for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Was it a crime? I dunno. 

Seen on Daring Fireball! Full credit to Daring Fireball!