Jagex Runscape and UK Police Arrest Account Phisher

Just goes to show you, hijacking kids Runscape accounts doesn’t pay.. just ask jimmy who is now in a UK prison for jacking a level 2 Mage.  Our suggestion, if your going to hijack accounts use your invisibility cloak .. or wait.. thats from Harry Potter..

Thursday 26th November/…Jagex Games Studio, the UK’s largest independent games developer and publisher, today confirmed that a UK resident has been arrested following collaboration with the Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU). The arrest is part of Jagex’s ongoing effort to combat the theft of accounts in RuneScape.com, the world’s most popular free-to-play massively multiplayer online game.

RuneScape players’ accounts were stolen through phishing websites, which duped unsuspecting players into providing their game logon credentials.

“Account theft and the use of phishing websites is a problem facing the entire online games industry and Jagex maintains a specialist team to combat any law breaking within our games” said Mark Gerhard, Jagex CEO. “Where there is any evidence to suggest someone has committed a crime, as is clearly the case with any phishing or hijacking, we work closely with law enforcement agencies around the world to bring these people to account.”

“Our first and only concern is protecting our player community as we know the high value players place on their unique accounts” continued Gerhard. “Players invest years of time and effort into developing their RuneScape character so the theft of a RuneScape account shouldn’t be treated differently to the theft of any other valuable possessions such as a games console, television or car. Our internal investigations revealed that just a handful of individuals are responsible for over 95% of all account hijacking in RuneScape and we have a zero tolerance approach to anyone who attempts to undermine the integrity of our vibrant community. I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation to the professional and hard-working individuals at the PCeU and the FBI, who are assisting us with similar actions in the USA.”

“A 23 year old man was arrested in Avon & Somerset on the morning of Tues 24th Nov by officers from the Police Central e-crime Unit, following an allegation that a number of RuneScape gaming accounts had been hacked and misappropriated” said a PCeU Spokesperson.

Following the discovery of the compromise, PCeU detectives worked closely with JAGEX and through this cooperation the necessary evidence was secured to ensure that an early arrest could be made.

“People who seek to destroy others online gaming experience could be committing criminal offences, leaving themselves liable to prosecution” continued the PCeU Spokesperson. “The PCeU will continue to work with the industry and investigate these allegations where appropriate.”

Article from Gamersyndrome.com

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