CROSSING THE LINE BETWEEN THE VIRTUAL AND THE REAL

25. November 2007, 20:46 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

Welcome to virtual reality, where people can buy, pay real money for, non-existent items such as furniture, to furnish a non-existent apartment, and where a thief can be charged for theft in the real world for stealing said non-existent property in the virtual world. Confused?

In what has to be one of the strangest cases yet, Dutch police have arrested a teenager for allegedly stealing 4,000 Euros worth of virtual furniture from the Habbo Hotel, a social networking website popular among teens and young adults. The teen allegedly tricked other users into revealing their account login details, and then used them to access their accounts and move the furniture into his own virtual room in Habbo Hotel.

What makes this bizarrely humourus, and sad at the same time, is not a juvenile stealing, but the thought of someone paying real money for over $5000 worth of virtual furniture. You can get damn nice real furniture for your real house for less than that. Go buy a home theatre setup, open a beer and relax with a movie and a bowl of popcorn. If you spend that kind of money on virtual furniture you sure need a real social life because you spend way too much time on-line.

Basically this is just a targeted phishing attack which happens all the time, and while it shouldn't be condoned and punishment is merited for the computer offence aspect, I personally find it ludicrous to charge someone for stealing something that doesn't exist. Then again I consider it ludicrous to spend thousands of dollars to buy something that doesn't exist.

Welcome to the interface where virtuality meets reality ... oh wait ... is that Max Headroom I see?

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