Former classmates weigh in on teen charged in computer hacking ring

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An 18-year old from McCordsville is among four people charged in an international computer hacking ring.

The charges against Austin Alcala and the others range from copyright infringement to identity theft and theft of trade secrets.

24-Hour News 8 found two people who knew Alcala in high school.

“If I was to guess somebody was to try and do that, that I knew, it would have been him,” Troy Cornell, Alcala’s high school classmate said. “From what I remember, he always just thought he could get away with it.  And usually he could.”

Former classmate Kiley Brewster said Alcala would hack people’s computers in class.

“It’s still weird to think, oh my gosh, an 18 or 19-year-old boy that I know did something that serious,” Brewster said.

Court documents said Alcala and the others hacked into the networks of Microsoft Corporation, Epic Games Inc., Valve Corporation, Zombie Studios and the U.S. Army.

Two of the four men have already pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in January. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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