Saturday, October 25, 2008

Funny story: A woman jailed for killing her virtual husband

It has come to a very disturbing turn of a society moral nowadays, especially if you're living in the world of blossoming digital world. Which you can access it anytime, and almost everywhere; making it to become your life instead of in real world.

A 43-year-old Japanese woman who live in Miyazaki-Japan, "killed" her husband in the virtual world called Maplestory; a popular 2-D side scrolling MMORPG. Well, she only killed the husband's avatar character but not the real person. She hacked into the husband's avatar account, and deleted the avatar character.

When the 33-year-old office worker found out that his beloved character was murdered, the man complained to police where soon the woman was taken & detained at Sapporo (620 miles away from the woman's home!).

The reason is very simple; "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 with 'illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data', but if convicted could face a prison term of up to five years or a fine up to $5,000.

What really amazes me is; how serious is the ripple effect of a crime that's committed in digital world to come and take place in the real life. You may laugh about this story, but you won't be when one of your digital accounts (email, e-bank, web access, etc.) is hacked using a collected information of your personal life. Just like when the aforementioned woman used login information she got, when her character & the killed one were happily married... ~LOL~

Sources are from AP report, via PC World & Crave.

[blogged with my Treo 750v]


Adam Gonnerman said...

That actually made sense once you explained it. The crime wasn't the "murder" of the avatar itself, but the unapproved access and manipulation of personal data. Oddly understandable.

Andy J. S. said...

It's always a pleasure to see an eagle-eye reader found the essence behind hidden words by himself/herself. ;-)
You spot-on the odd, Adam.
Love your last comment there: "Oddly understandable."