Man arrested for robbing RuneScape virtual characters

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

It has been revealed that British police have arrested a 23-year-old man accused of stealing virtual characters and goods from players of one of the world’s most popular online games.

The man, from the Avon & Somerset region, was arrested last Tuesday by officers of the Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU), after allegedly phishing the usernames and passwords used by players of RuneScape, a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG).

RuneScape is (appropriately for an MMORPG) massively popular, with players spending hours in a medieval fantasy world, exploring and going on quests, grabbing gold and casting spells on each other.

As the popularity of such online games has grown, so the number of active members prepared to play for many hours every night has multiplied. But if you don’t have the…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.