Tough admin forces hacker to STRIP to PANTS, LEAP to his DEATH
Strictly no-nonsense justice meted out in MMORPG
A hacker who had spent weeks pwning fellow Guild Wars 2 players got some stylised justice when the game creators made a spectacle of his banning and character destruction.
The hacker had become legend among the the MMO's userbase. Rumours of his appearances propagated like a virus. Kotaku reports that he single-handedly dominated the game's large-scale World vs World PVP for three weeks.
Disgruntlement spread among his fellow MMORPG denizens, however it seems no users had enough evidence to bring action against him - perhaps even to identify who he really was. At least, until an intrepid Guild Wars 2 journalist took to the front-lines to record the hacker's mischievous malpractice.
In what we're chalking as a success for the new profession of in-game journalist, the response to such evidence being placed in the public domain was swift.
Chris Cleary, the game security lead, thanked the intrepid reporter. Explaining that issue was now dealt with, he then reveled the snuff-film he had made of the Robert-François Damiens of Guild Wars 2:
We don’t need to see it in-game, sometimes good video evidence is enough for me to track down who it was. In this case, the video was enough for me to find out who it was and take action. Thanks for the video, and to accompany your video, I give you this video of his account’s last moments:
Oh yah, he’s also banned.
The display of punishment did not receive unanimous applause, however, and the community's debate rages as to the proportionality of Cleary's actions. ®
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