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Online divorcee jailed after killing virtual hubby
By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press
TOKYO: A 43-year-old Japanese woman whose sudden divorce in a virtual game world made
her so angry that she killed her online husband's digital persona has been arrested
on suspicion of hacking, police said Thursday.
The woman, who is jailed on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and
manipulating electronic data, used his identification and password to log onto
popular interactive game "Maple Story" to carry out the virtual murder in mid-May, a
police official in northern Sapporo said on condition of anonymity, citing department
"I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning. That made me so angry," the
official quoted her as telling investigators and admitting the allegations.
The woman had not plotted any revenge in the real world, the official said.
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She has not yet been formally charged, but if convicted could face a prison term of
up to five years or a fine up to $5,000.
Players in "Maple Story" raise and manipulate digital images called "avatars" that
represent themselves, while engaging in relationships, social activities and fighting
against monsters and other obstacles.
The woman used login information she got from the 33-year-old office worker when
their characters were happily married, and killed the character. The man complained
to police when he discovered that his beloved online avatar was dead.
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