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Posted: Apr 14th 2011 10:41AM MrsAngelD said

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First I was like, is this a joke, I was like Oh my god it's real, now I can't decide whether to be mad or laugh!

Posted: Apr 14th 2011 10:51AM Sephirah said

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Did the students raided drop epics?

Posted: Apr 14th 2011 3:11PM Saker said

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@Sephirah
Unlikely, students come on... Vendor trash only.
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Posted: Apr 14th 2011 11:03AM tk421242 said

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Glad to see the FBI is using their budget to pursue dangerous virtual gold transactions.

Posted: Apr 14th 2011 11:15AM Stuxatte said

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@tk421242

I'm not sure what the supposed link between gold farming and terrorism is, but I'm pretty sure fraudulent bank accounts are within the FBI's purview.
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Posted: Apr 14th 2011 11:46AM tk421242 said

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@Stuxatte

I am sure it does. Probably a mix of interstate stuff and such. I have seen more articles recently about the russian mobs involvement in virtual currency sales so who knows, perhaps terror organizations are getting involved too. I am just by nature suspicious when an agency claims 'terrorist links'. It is like when someone claims they are doing something 'for the children', always makes me more suspicious of what they are doing and what the real reason is :)
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Posted: Apr 14th 2011 11:08AM kgptzac said

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"The FBI thinks the two students are terrorists who are doing "something" in world of Warcraft to further some sort of terrorist plot."
--Quote from gamepolitics

not sure if serious...

Posted: Apr 14th 2011 11:44AM Unshra said

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@kgptzac That is just poor reporting by gamepolitics.com, they pulled their information from ComputerWorld and in that article they cover some of the history regarding gold farming and research showing that terrorist could use games like WOW and Secondlife (the Reynard Project), and that the government had been looking into the links.

So basically gameplotics.com saw the word "terrorist" and slapped in on these two kids when nothing of the sort has been stated by the FBI or any US government source.
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Posted: Apr 14th 2011 11:10AM Triskelion said

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They live in Michigan, that is their punishment, leave them be.

Posted: Apr 14th 2011 11:36AM Skyydragonn said

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Where's Michigan again? I thought we abandoned that state years ago for simply being to dull to remember its existance.
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Posted: Apr 14th 2011 12:17PM Gene Quagmire said

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@Triskelion We have Magic: The Gathering here, too. I'm sure your delightful existence would be just fine.
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Posted: Apr 14th 2011 1:28PM Tinkus said

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@Triskelion Yes, Michigan! Home of college WoW fraud and ICP. Though that's also where Robocop comes from...

Maybe it's not all bad.
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Posted: Apr 14th 2011 4:15PM jslim419 said

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@Skyydragonn

could have been worse.. they could have been forced to endure the soul sucking essence that is the state of Ohio.
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Posted: Apr 14th 2011 11:14AM (Unverified) said

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So was this just like buying gold, or were they scamming people pretending to sell gold, but not delivering? I can't really tell

Posted: Apr 14th 2011 11:22AM cowboyhugbees said

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It's amazing how far we'll go to protect corporate profits. Call the FBI on the WoW fraud, while passing by the illicit drugs no doubt being used all up and down that campus.

Give me a break.

Posted: Apr 14th 2011 3:19PM Utakata said

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@cowboyhugbees

Excessive legal response is excessive.
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Posted: Apr 14th 2011 11:24AM jealouspirate said

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Obviously a high ranking member of the FBI plays WoW and got his account hacked by one of these students, and this is his revenge.

Or something.

Posted: Apr 14th 2011 2:27PM TheAngryIntern said

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@jealouspirate Or a high ranking FBI agent's kid got scammed, probably
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Posted: Apr 14th 2011 11:29AM Nepentheia said

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"...but they took all my stuff."

A timely remake of a classic line.

Posted: Apr 14th 2011 11:33AM dudes said

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'Phew' said Osama Bin Laden in the next room. 'They must have forgotten all about me and went for those students down the hall who are obviously evil terrorists intent on destroying the country. Or something. I am glad the FBI still possess their classic sense of proportion and destroyed those students future and not mine.'

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