Woman accused of hacking her virtual husband to death

Graham Cluley

My guess is that many of you are still working hard on rolling that critical Microsoft security patch across your business – so here’s a quirky story for you to cheer you up this Friday.

A Japanese player of the online interactive game “Maple Story” has been arrested by police after allegedly breaking into her virtual husband’s account and killing his avatar.

According to media reports, the woman is suspected of carrying out the virtual murder after her fellow player and online love “divorced” her in the game without warning.

It sounds as though her 33-year-old Sapporo-based office worker victim (who no doubt was 6 foot 4, and rippling with muscles in the online game) was careless and shared too much information with his one-time…

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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.