MY apology to Dish, and last post..
For the most part I remained silent while the cases against me were pending. DISH got their judgment.
On Friday the criminal court decided I should spend 30 days in jail followed by months of house arrest. At this point there is no reason not to tell my story. I’m not here to whine about how satellite piracy and DISH ruined my life. It is not my intent to scare people, or preach that piracy is wrong. We all read TheBroken’s post and have seen plenty of that recently. I’m here to take responsibility for what I did and set the record straight.
DISH approached me before I was ever sued. I reported to my probation officer in March 2008 and DISH and two of its lawyers were sitting there in a room waiting for me. DISH knew who I was and wanted my cooperation. Wanted me to become one of their rats. I agreed but DISH must have found out from one of those rats that it was a lie. DISH did not give me a second chance. At the end of the month a process server rolled up with DISH’s lawsuit in hand.
Everyone told me to stay quiet and that it was going to work out. Yeah right. DISH knew WAY too much. DISH had all my posts, chat logs, recordings of my phone calls, even my trash. It became painfully clear that those who I thought were my friends were actually against me, or at least out to save their own ass. DISH didn’t come down and raid my house because it didn’t need to. DISH had been watching all along. Linking me to “thedssguy” “veracity” “tdg” and the posting of the Viewsat bins was easy. For those who think I went too far by posting the files or had a big mouth and that is what got me in trouble, think again. End user IKS suits are already underway. DISH can get to any one of you at any time. Do not believe for a minute that people on these forums will band together and protect each other, protect you, when DISH comes asking questions because they won’t.
Most of you will say I can only blame myself, and you would be right. It is because of my choices that I am on the hook to DISH for 51 million bucks. It was also my decision to join Jung and TheBroken in attempting to crack N3 which resulted in my felony conviction and sentence. The judgment and criminal conviction will keep me and my family from living a normal life. Money I got from Jung to post the bins and boost Viewsat sales didn’t mean a thing. DISH has taken it all and will collect every dollar I ever make, that is assuming a released felon can even find work. But DISH and NagraStar were the real victims and to them I apologize because what I did was wrong. DISH allowed me to make this last post so I am certain they are reading it right now.
I know it was said before, but this time I am truly retired.
Veracity, aka TheDssGuy;
Honored Guest Join Date: Jan 2008
OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
San Diego, California
United States Attorney
Karen P. Hewitt
For Further Information, Contact: Assistant U. S. Attorney Mitch Dembin, 619-557-5558 For Immediate Release
NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – January 29, 2010
United States Attorney Karen P. Hewitt announced that Jung Kwak, also known as “Mr. Viewsat,” of Oceanside, California, Phillip Allison, also known as “thebroken,” and Robert Ward, also known as “TDG” and as “thedssguy,” both of Seminole, Florida, were sentenced today by the Honorable Janis L. Sammartino, United States District Judge based upon their pleas of guilty to conspiring to violate the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. The three defendants pleaded guilty on October 23, 2009, to a one count indictment. Mr. Kwak was sentenced to 18 months in custody followed by three years of supervised release. Mr. Allison and Mr. Ward were each sentenced to one month of custody and five months of house arrest.
In connection with their guilty pleas, the defendants admitted that beginning in or about March 2008, they determined to hire computer hackers to break the latest DISH Network encryption scheme, known as Nagra 3, so that the line of satellite receiver boxes sold by Mr. Kwak would continue to have a market. Mr. Kwak owns and operates Viewtech, Inc., in Oceanside, California. Viewtech imports “free-to-air” or “FTA” satellite receiver boxes and sells them to the public through a network of retailers under the brand name “Viewsat.” To illegally decrypt the DISH network signal, the FTA boxes must appear to have DISH smart cards. That is done by reverse-engineering DISH smart cards and creating computer code which, when downloaded to an appropriate FTA box, will emulate the existence of a smart card and trick the system. In the past, as DISH encryption and countermeasures were defeated, the code has been posted on the Internet and made available for download to anyone.
In the late fall of 2007, DISH announced that it had created a new encryption scheme, called “nagra 3,” and would start shipping new smart cards to its customers. As the new encryption scheme was deployed, owners of FTA boxes would no longer be able to view DISH programming without a subscription, and sellers of FTA boxes would lose their market. The defendants admitted that Mr. Kwak authorized Messrs. Allison and Ward to locate persons to work on cracking Nagra 3. Mr. Kwak agreed to provide funding and a substantial reward for success. Messrs. Allison and Ward admitted that they solicited a third party to join the scheme. Mr. Allison admitted purchasing a specialized microscope to be used in dissecting and analyzing smart cards for the third party and was reimbursed by Mr. Kwak. Mr. Kwak admitted meeting with and paying $20,000 in cash to the third party for photographs of a dissected smart card purported to be a Nagra 3 card. Mr. Kwak also admitted that he offered a reward of $250,000 if the EPROM (eraseable programmable read-only memory) for the Nagra 3 card could be obtained. This case was investigated by Special Agents of the Cybersquad of Federal Bureau of Investigation in San Diego.
DEFENDANTS Case Number: 09cr2646 -JLS
SUMMARY OF CHARGE
One Count – Title 18, United States Code, Section 371: Conspiracy to Violate the Digital Millenium copyright act
Copyright Act Maximum Penalty: 5 years’ imprisonment and $250,000 fine
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Jung Kwak, Phillip Allison and Robert Ward Charged with Conspiring to Violate the Digital Millenium Copyright Act
Jung Kwak, 33, also known as “Mr. Viewsat,” of Oceanside, California, Phillip Allison, 35, also known as “thebroken,” and Robert Ward, 54, also known as “TDG” and as “thedssguy,” both of Seminole, Florida, have been charged in a previously sealed indictment handed up by a federal grand jury on July 9, 2009, with one count of Conspiracy to Violate the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. More >