China cages game Trojan hackers
Go directly to jail, do not collect any gold
Chinese authorities have sentenced 11 members of a malware gang to long stretches behind bars, after the group was convicted of creating and distributing Trojans designed to steal the login credentials of online gamers.
The malware slingers were sentenced to up to three years behind bars and fined a total of $120,000. More prosecutions are pending against other alleged gang members, IDG reports
The group are collectively blamed for stealing login information from five million gaming profiles and selling them via the digital underground, making a cool 30 million yuan ($4.4 million) in the process. The group allegedly made their illicit income by selling game artifacts (such as gold coins) associated with compromised accounts. ®
made $4.4 million, fined $120,000.
Wow, a real incentive ... to become a criminal.
Obviously people who pay to play the WoW grindfest will pay extra to avoid all the grinding. They would not fund crime if a legal alternative were available. Perhaps Blizzard should offer a special premium account. For a little extra money each month, a Blizzard employee will play the game for you so you don't have to.
wasn't it Batman Begins where Bruce Waine was in a Chinese prison, prior to joining the league of shadows?