By Maxine Bernstein

The Oregonian

A Portland man accused of obtaining unauthorized access to the software supporting a zombie-themed survival video game and creating a competitor online game was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Brent Junker, 29, who went by the aliases “the domo” and “therussianknight,” hacked into the server of the Los Angeles-based OP Productions and its game called “The War Z” to create the competitor game “TWZ Emulator.”

Junker, who is disabled and has a live-in caretaker, got the username and password of the president of OP Productions, and used it to gain unauthorized access to his email and the company’s servers, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Nyhus.

He solicited donations from players and supporters through a PayPal account, according to the FBI cybercrime investigation.

OP Productions suffered losses of $132,500, according to the government.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon Friday sentenced Junker to three years probation and ordered him to complete 100 hours of community service in a program approved by his probation officer. Junker’s attorney suggested Junker might volunteer at Portland’s Free Geek, a Southeast Portland electronics thrift shop, recycling center and computer training hub.

Junker’s lawyer Alison Clark said her client’s IQ is extremely low; he’s illiterate and has very poor short-term memory. She had urged the judge not to impose home detention on Junker, saying isolation would not help him.

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