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Online divorcee jailed after killing virtual husband


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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.



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Wow nice... I hope she gets a few consecutive life sentences for that one... I guess I better not marry a girl on Albatross18 then divorce her...
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Why didnt they just ban her virtual account?

Digital Eye for Digital Eye ya know?
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This topic must have been discussed at many work places. Certainly it was at mine. In any case, I think the woman will probably end up suing someone for being arrested since the "victim" actually gave her the password to his account... thereby giving her permission to access. She wasn't arrested for "virtual murder", it was "supposed" hacking. What's this world coming to??? LOL!!!!

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PS... by the way Sari... Congratulations!!!
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Why didnt they just ban her virtual account?

Digital Eye for Digital Eye ya know?


see was charged with illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data, so she actually committed a crime. It wasn’t like she just killed the character through normal game play :)
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Thanks, makai. :)
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This topic must have been discussed at many work places. Certainly it was at mine. In any case, I think the woman will probably end up suing someone for being arrested since the "victim" actually gave her the password to his account... thereby giving her permission to access. She wasn't arrested for "virtual murder", it was "supposed" hacking. What's this world coming to??? LOL!!!!

makai

PS... by the way Sari... Congratulations!!!


Where do you work that you get to discuss stuff like this... Well anyway, the article makes it sound like he did not give her the password. Rather she hacked his account to gain entry and kill his character. Even if he did give her the password, she probably still broke the rules set by the company in some way.

"What's this world coming to???" You have to take into account that this is in Japan. They have a completely different set of standards, and these standards of theirs seem to have worked well so far.
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:)!!!!
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Even if he did give her the password, she probably still broke the rules set by the company in some way.

Yes and No. If he gave her his password, then no laws were broken. Sure, the company rules were, but no laws.
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Even if he did give her the password, she probably still broke the rules set by the company in some way.

Yes and No. If he gave her his password, then no laws were broken. Sure, the company rules were, but no laws.


This goes back to the fact that this took place in Japan. I don't know about you, but I certainly don't know the differences in our laws to Japan's laws. It's hard enough to understand our own laws sometimes... On a side note, it would make sense to me that breaking an agreement set by the company would be against the law, allowing the company to take actions against it. The police and judges may not get involved on such trivial matters, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it isn't part of the law.
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....if you kill someone in maplestory....do you get a "SecondLife" sentence? nyuck nyuck nyuck....i'm surprised no one attempted that one yet...you people's punnyness is slipping
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Maybe the rest of us realized that that was such a bad pun it wasn't even worth posting. :)
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who do i have to talk to about finding a way to recovering old myspace messages :)
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I don't believe you can, but I don't see how that question is relevant to this thread.
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