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Dude, Where is My Virtual Sofa?

If theft in the real world was not bad enough, thieves are now stealing virtual objects. Finnish police are investigating several hundred cases of theft, with some individuals reporting the loss of up to 1,000 euros worth of virtual furniture and other items, BBC reports.

Habbo Hotel, a virtual world where users meet friends and buy virtual goods, has been targeted several times. In 2007, a Dutch teenager was arrested for allegedly stealing virtual furniture worth thousands of euros on the site, which is said to have more than 100 million registered users. Then, earlier this year, several Habbo Hotel members in Finland contacted the police, reporting their virtual belongings had been stolen.

Mikko Hyppönen, chief research officer at F-Secure, said to BBC this kind of theft is common, and Habbo Hotel is only one of many sites stalked by cyber criminals.

“We see malicious attacks and Trojans stealing accounts for all the games you can imagine, including World of Warcraft, Farmville and so on,” he said.

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