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These two Diablo III players stole virtual armor and gold — and got prosecuted IRL


These two Diablo III players stole virtual armor and gold and got prosecuted IRL Fusion

Source: http://fusion.net/story/137157/two-diabl...

A bigger legal problem was that the pair had used a RAT to gain access to others’ computers. “The dangerous thing is the tool [Nepomuceno] was using. It’s all fun and games but the dude has a RAT he’s using against other people,” said Wilkison. “Most people use it to steal passwords and bank accounts, but these guys were going after video game goods.”

The pair got probation—three years for Stinger and two years for Nepomuceno—and have to pay Blizzard back $5,654.61, an amount that reflects how much the company spent investigating the case. Stinger is currently paying Blizzard $100 per month.

Wilkison says she sees the case as an “extension of all crime on the Internet.” “People think they are not going to get caught, that they’re not going to be found in their bedrooms on a computer. They don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” she said. “Gaming especially lends itself to this suspension of reality,” she added.

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People are dead serious about their games ;)

Yes they are. And stealing is stealing, even in a game. 

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