Modern Warfare 3 has been stolen! And pirated of course.

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So you’ve just picked up a shining new copy of Generic Space Shooter Cosmic Combat 3, and you’re off home to play it. Of course day one sales also mean that the pirates will soon be torrenting several kinds of binary code out of the game, ready to be downloaded by all those unscrupulous gamers out there.

But when a game is leaked almost two weeks earlier than expected, that just shows how resourceful pirates are becoming in this age of modern thievery.

Considering the security measures that must be in place in order to stop such an attack on their highly anticipated property, it’s amazing that the pirates got away with a PC copy of the game.

Well, actually half a copy found its way past the security at the warehouse in Fresno, California, but the damage has been done, with torrents already pooping up for Modern Warfare 3.

Activision isn’t taking this lying down, and has already employed a crack team of investigators to shut down any file-sharing sites that may be hosting links for their game, with offenders being asked to either remove the files or face a $5000 fine.

This isn’t the first time that Activision has had to take drastic actions to protect their franchise, with obvious babe magnet username cdelamo815 being tracked down and arrested after he tried to sell copies of Modern Warfare 2 back in 2009.

Last Updated: October 28, 2011

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