Charges Placed Against Facebook’s Virtual Burglar In Italy

October 27th, 2010 - 7:54 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
polite-burglar1Oct 27, (THAINDIAN NEWS) An unidentified thief may be jailed in Italy for breaking and robbing a house, the one which exists not in the domain of physical reality but inside a Facebook game in the virtual world. The bizarre incident has left many speechless as very few people have come across such news before. Paola Letizia, the owner of the robbed house said that the loss is real to her, irrespective of the flat being in existence in Facebook only. The incident of her account being hacked has been taken very seriously and the offender could be charged with “aggravated entry” and sentenced to five years in prison.

The hacker had cracked her password and stripped the virtual house inside the game “Pet Society”. Paola Letizia had decorated the home for her virtual cat, which to her relief has been left behind, and the list of stolen items indicate a loss of $140. The case has been handed to the National Post Office for investigation. Many though are finding the whole incident a big joke and one site writes that perhaps if a person has a fancy virtual house then they should get a virtual home alarm.

The virtual home of the blue colored cat has been stripped off its furniture, clothes and paintings. The thief has only left the resident cat in the house but then thief’s are not known to steal or kidnap home owners along with the furniture. The issue though emphasizes the need for stronger passwords by web users to protect themselves from hackers.

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