[LINK] Virtual Murder, Real Arrest
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Sat Oct 25 08:52:14 EST 2008
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Woman accused of murdering 'virtual' husband after divorce
The Australian, and everyone else
By staff writers | October 24, 2008
A JAPANESE piano teacher has been arrested on suspicion of killing
her "virtual husband" after becoming enraged that he suddenly
divorced her in an online game.
The 43-year-old woman allegedly hacked into a man's computer and
killed off his avatar in the popular interactive game Maple Story,
the Associated Press reported.
The woman, who is in custody on suspicion of illegally accessing a
computer and manipulating electronic data, allegedly used the man's
ID and password to log on and carry out the virtual murder in May,
said a police official in the northern city of Sapporo, according to
"I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning. That made me so
angry," the police official quoted the woman as telling investigators.
The man behind the woman's online husband, a 33-year-old office
worker, complained to police when he discovered that his online
avatar was dead.
The woman was arrested on Wednesday, police said.
She had not yet been charged but if convicted could face up to five
years in prison or a fine of up to $5000 ($7400).
Maple Story players create and manipulate avatars that represent
themselves in relationships, social activities and fighting monsters
and other obstacles.
[The world's gone mad. At least people playing 'popular interactive
games' are harmless. But when the State intrudes into spats like
this, on the pretext that "illegally accessing a computer and
manipulating electronic data" is an indictable offence, we really are
collectively losing our grip on reality.]
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