Friday, October 24, 2008

Virtual murder, real jail

From the odd story files...

A woman in Japan could be heading to jail for murdering her virtual husband. The two were "married" in a Japanese online role-playing game called "Maple Story" and all was fine until her virtual husband suddenly decided he wanted a virtual divorce. The woman in question then used the man's user name and password to access Maple Story and delete his character, in effect "murdering" him.

For the record, she isn't being charged with murder, but with illegally accessing a computer network and manipulating data. Police in Japan say that they do not believe that the woman intended to do the man any harm in the real world. Still, she could spend five years in jail on the charges she now faces.

It’s another in a growing list of cases where the virtual world is colliding with the real.
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