Lazy gamers make for rich economies Korea is struck by a new kind of identity theft, an it is all because of lazy gamers.
Online criminals are on a hunt for Korean personal identification numbers, similar to a social security numbers. This time they aren't intent on stealing personal credit card information, but merely want to set up accounts in massive multi player online role playing games (MMORPG) such as Lineage.
The accounts are used by Chinese gaming farms, where workers will sit all day performing dull tasks in these games that generate gaming money or items. These will then be auctioned off or sold on auction websites for real world money on websites such as IGE.com.
Short term this is a victimless crime. The Chinese gaming farms need the identification numbers to be able to set up the accounts, but pay for it themselves. Except that you don't want such information to be out in the open.
But I couldn't help but be amazed about the inventiveness of the gaming farm concept. As new online economies emerge, people will come up with way to make money there.
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