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‘There’s no tracing Xbox 360 chat,’ claimed guy now charged with insider trading

An Xbox 360 wireless headset. | Photo by Alphathon (Wikimedia Commons)

If you’re going to do financial crimes, maybe an Xbox isn’t your best bet? That is one but hopefully not the only lesson learned by 26-year-old Anthony Viggiano, a former Goldman Sachs investment analyst who’s been indicted for insider trading, along with two of his friends.

He allegedly tipped off those friends to big financial deals using both encrypted messaging and — incredibly — a game console’s audio chat.

According to the indictment (via Kotaku), the FBI secretly recorded Viggiano admitting that he passed on illegal info, possibly via an Xbox 360, of all things:

Salamone: You have shit where you’re giving fucking information to fucking Steve [Forlano Jr.]?

VIGGIANO: Nah. Nah. Because similar to you . .. signal, or like XBOX…

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