Echelon (warez)

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Echelon is a warez group which specializes in the illegal release and distribution of copyrighted console games, such as Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 ISO images. They also created demos on both platforms.

Between September 4, 2000 to April 30, 2002, Echelon's Dreamcast division released 188 game titles and 34 other various fixes, tutorials, trainers, and loaders.[1]

On December 19, 2001, Echelon released Final Fantasy X as their first of several hundred PlayStation 2 titles.[2] As of 2007, Echelon continues to release games for the PS2 platform.

In 2004, Echelon was named as one of six groups targeted as part of Operation Fastlink by the United States Department of Justice.[3]

On November 15, 2005, Echelon's Dragon Quest VIII USA PS2 nfo file stated that Echelon was indeed Kalisto: We errr Kalisto released it on November 2nd 2001 as Dragon_Warrior_VII_USA_PS1-KALISTO, referring to the previous game in the series and the nfo ended with -- the dragon warrior of KALiSTO.[4]

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  1. ^ "Evil_Twin_Cypriens_Chronicles_DC-ECHELON". The iSONEWS. 2002-04-30. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2009-09-17.  See also [1].
  2. ^ "Echelon pre database search query". OrlyDB. Retrieved 2010-02-02.  Site name is based on the O RLY? Internet phenomenon.
  3. ^ "Justice Department Announces International Internet Piracy Sweep". Washington, D.C.: United States Department of Justice. 2004-04-22. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  4. ^ "Dragon_Quest_VIII_USA_PS2-ECHELON". LUDiBRiA. 2005-11-16.