Friday, October 24, 2008

A Virtual Murder

Has anyone heard of this news?

A woman whose "husband" divorced her in an online game is jailed for killing his avatar

TOKYO: A 43-year-old Japanese woman whose sudden divorce in a virtual game world made her so angry that she killed her online husband's digital persona has been arrested on suspicion of hacking, police said Thursday.

The woman, who is jailed on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data, used his identification and password to log onto popular interactive game "Maple Story" to carry out the virtual murder in mid-May, a police official in northern Sapporo said on condition of anonymity, citing department policy.

"I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning. That made me so angry," the official quoted her as telling investigators and admitting the allegations.

The woman had not plotted any revenge in the real world, the official said.

She has not yet been formally charged, but if convicted could face a prison term of up to five years or a fine up to $5,000.

Players in "Maple Story" raise and manipulate digital images called "avatars" that represent themselves, while engaging in relationships, social activities and fighting against monsters and other obstacles.

The woman used login information she got from the 33-year-old office worker when their characters were happily married, and killed the character. The man complained to police when he discovered that his beloved online avatar was dead.


melanie said...

Sounds like some people need to find something to do besides be on the computer all of the time... of course I'm not sure what else there is to do, but there must be something.

Sherry said...

this is new I have not heard of it

Sherry said...

even now sms divorce is legal

Sherry said...

I know some ppl working on pc all day long

Sherry said...

some ppl are paid to play games too

Sherry said...

murder is a crime