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Japanese Hacker Twosome Arrested for Stealing Virtual Characters

Japanese police have arrested two people suspected of stealing virtual characters and goods from players of a popular online game, Sophos reports.

Yu Nishimura and Kaori Tanaka allegedly used spyware to steal credentials from players of the Lineage II Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. The duo allegedly advertised a website that offered Lineage players free tools to enhance their online characters’ combat characteristics.

Instead of giving those boosting properties, the tool allegedly stole players’ usernames and logins and sent the information back to Nishimura’s computer. The duo was then able to illegally access the Lineage II game through other people’s user IDs, and sell virtual belongings for real money to other gamers.

In total, the pair allegedly made approximately $12,000 off its scam. More than 100 accounts are said to have been breached.

The New New Internet have previously reported on cyber crooks targeting online game players, stealing their virtual property. Last month, Italian police investigated a home burglary that took place within Facebook’s popular game Pet Society, and in June, police in Finland looked into several hundred cases of theft of virtual furniture and other items.

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