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Boy Arrested for Stealing 36 Million in Virtual Money Answered

After becoming obsessed with an online RPG character's dress, a Japanese boy hacked into the game's system and stole the dress along with 36 million virtual yen. The virtual resource he eventually turned into about $5,500. He was arrested for unauthorized access to the system.

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crapflinger
crapflinger

11 years ago

....uh...did everyone miss the part where he was able to capitalize on his theft? the post suggests that he made $5k+ off the virtual money (i would assume by selling the virtual stuff to people silly enough to pay for it)

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Bardouv
Bardouv

13 years ago

If I'm going to steal something it's not going to be from a game, and it's not going to a bunch of fake yen and a dress. Still though, pretty awesome!

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Rock Soldier
Rock Soldier

Reply 11 years ago

I agree. If I'm going to steal from a game, it's not going to be a dress.

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Brennn10
Brennn10

13 years ago

The virtual world of the RPG. Some people can get pretty addicted. Makes me sick inside just thinking about all the people that spend their lives playing those games. And to go to an extent where you are robbing things from a computer game? Yeesh

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Rock Soldier
Rock Soldier

Reply 11 years ago

I once met a dude(not that kind of met) in a computer game, and he told me how his real life sucked, and used to game for a second better life or something like that.

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robaston
robaston

Reply 13 years ago

virtual worlds are indeed real in the sense they bring pyhsical results, and why not....they are just another mode today.

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mg0930mg
mg0930mg

12 years ago

This is like the real life married couple divorcing, because the wife walked in on the guy and another girl. IN A COMPUTER GAME. I'll post the link when I find it. Seriously, he said, my avatar just outgrew you. Then they got divorced. Or in another instance, when a woman was arrestedd and imprisoned for 7 years, for hacking and killing a man's avatar. Come on, why ?

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Rock Soldier
Rock Soldier

Reply 11 years ago

They'll arrest anyone for anything these days, won't they?

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munchman
munchman

12 years ago

Good thing they got him for 'unauthorized access'. It would have been hilarious if they had arrested him for the 'theft'

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 12 years ago

Since the young man was able to sell the virtual items for real money, a charge of "theft by conversion" or "trafficking in stolen property" would have been reasonable. The unauthorized access charge was probably the easiest to convict.

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munchman
munchman

Reply 12 years ago

Ah. When games allow you to trade between virtual and real things it gets messy.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

12 years ago

will they put him in virtual prison ? ;-)

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Punkguyta
Punkguyta

12 years ago

>gothic dress worn by the fictional princess in an online role-playing game . Doesn't look very goth oriented to me.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 12 years ago

It's "gothic" in the generic 18th-Century sense, not in the more modern "horror" sense.

See this discussion and read about the gothic lolita craze in Japan.

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robots199
robots199

12 years ago

Lol, the guy bought the dress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Plasmana
Plasmana

12 years ago

LOL, robbing the game?!