At first pass, the idea of the police getting involved in a “virtual furniture theft” from an online community like Habbo Hotel might sound insane to the rational. But it’s what happened in the real world that should be raising concern. Someone is out there hacking accounts.

Seems that the above linked incident at Habbo Hotel is hardly a standalone situation. This problem is also happening in the WoW (World Of Warcraft) community, amongst others.

When real life money is used to purchase virtual goods and a theft of said virtual goods takes place, then you better believe that it becomes a legal issue in the literal sense. Digital crime doesn’t become less of a threat when the goods are virtual. Not at all.

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