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Old 23 September 2010, 08:25 PM
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Comment: I was wondering if you know if this clip is a real newspaper clipping
or a fake. I've run a basic search to see if it is a real news paper clip reporting
on a police call but haven't come up with anything.

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Old 23 September 2010, 08:47 PM
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Not surprising given the popularity of online gaming and the extreme to which some take it.

Metin2 "Theft" of Virtual Items, 2 Feb 2009

'Game theft' led to fatal attack, 31 Mar 2005


Virtual Crime, a wiki article
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Old 23 September 2010, 09:21 PM
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Those of us in the Kingdom of Loathing snopes clan may recall that our entire clan stash was once stolen by a loathsome intruder. But we recovered very quickly. And I don't think any of us called the cops, or even reported it to KoL management.
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Old 28 September 2010, 03:26 PM
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It's not hacking if you give them your login information ~ via a phishing site ~ which is usually what happens when virtual property goes missing. Hearing about it still makes me wince; sometimes those "nonexistent virtual items" feel pretty damn real, especially if you've dedicated a lot of very real hours of your life to obtaining them.
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Old 28 September 2010, 03:48 PM
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I hate, hate, HATE Farmville and all the other Facebook games. It clutters up my newsfeed and people I'd like to chat with only want to swap virtual goods. One guy I knew from way back said he had a picture of me tagged. I went to look (cringing about what 70's 80's horror I was going to see ) and come to find out it was just Farmville stuff. He'd been trying to get me to take/give? him stuff since the first day I joined. It is ONE of the reasons I don't go to Facebook much.

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Old 28 September 2010, 04:07 PM
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You can hide the games updates on facebook. You hover over the end of the post and then click on the x that appears to get the options for hiding.
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Old 28 September 2010, 04:48 PM
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It's not hacking if you give them your login information ~ via a phishing site ~ which is usually what happens when virtual property goes missing.
That's kind of a munchkin of mine. No, you did not get hacked - you gave out your information to someone who was not supposed to have it. By calling it hacking, you are denying your own culpability in this incident and blaming the "hacker." You are not showing that you've learned from the experience and therefore you might fall for this again.

Saying, "I got scammed," or "my account was compromised" is far more accurate.

The only way that you actually did get "hacked" is if you were the victim of a keylogger, but even then, you have an obligation to have a decent firewall, a decent antivirus program, and spybot (or equivlent).
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Old 28 September 2010, 04:55 PM
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You can hide the games...
I know, but it's like the hydra you hide one and a bunch of different ones show up. Is there no end to the games on facebook? I'm beginning to think they are infinite.

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Old 28 September 2010, 05:23 PM
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I know, but it's like the hydra you hide one and a bunch of different ones show up. Is there no end to the games on facebook? I'm beginning to think they are infinite.
When I first started hiding the games on my news feed, I felt like that. But after about a week of hiding everything that looked like an application, it quieted down a lot. Now I have to kill only about one or two a week.
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Old 28 September 2010, 05:27 PM
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Me too, Spam. I've quit all apps, and never see them anymore.
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Old 28 September 2010, 05:53 PM
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Me too, Spam. I've quit all apps, and never see them anymore.
Except now apparently Facebook has a new thing that tells you when someone has invited you to a game, even a game you've blocked. I got one yesterday.
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Old 29 September 2010, 11:02 AM
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I've been on Facebook for only about six months, play none of their games, but had a hiccup a couple of weeks ago that undid all my "hide" settings. I about fainted when I saw just how many of those "game updates" there were! I didn't count them, but suffice to say they filled my entire feed page.

FB seriously needs to institute a "Hide All Game Updates" option. Please. I'm begging.
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Old 29 September 2010, 05:55 PM
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Found a couple of game I enjoy on FB that are not one of the generic template games and do not ask you to spam your friends every 10 seconds.

I do agree with the useless clutter most of these game create on my FB page. There are a couple of game that are not to bad about it, but are slowly getting worse.
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Old 30 September 2010, 10:40 PM
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back to the OP, i am curious why this is not a criminal matter, and only a civil matter.

A theft occured, and theft is criminal no?

Or is it the fact that it was a digital theft that it is a civil matter?
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Old 30 September 2010, 10:49 PM
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A theft occured, and theft is criminal no?
Not necessarily. If I access your computer without permission, load a saved game, cause your character to die, and re-save the game (thereby wiping out all your progress to date), have I really committed a crime? Does what you lost have a tangible monetary value?
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Old 30 September 2010, 11:02 PM
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Isn't hacking a crime, regardless of tangible loss?
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Old 30 September 2010, 11:05 PM
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Does using someone else's computer without permission constitute "hacking"?
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Old 30 September 2010, 11:08 PM
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It very well might have a tangible monetary value, in many online economies, anyway. Certainly, for those MMPORGs where characters and items are routinely bought and sold on eBay and similar, it's quite possible to establish a market value.
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Old 30 September 2010, 11:19 PM
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It very well might have a tangible monetary value, in many online economies, anyway.
But the OP doesn't say the perpetrator "stole" any items from him (i.e., appropriated them for his own gain); merely that he caused the complaining party to "lose work."
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Does using someone else's computer without permission constitute "hacking"?
Under the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act (18 U.S.C. 1030), it can be.
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