WoW Insider reports
on a group of 10 Chinese men who have received prison sentences for their roles in a World of Warcraft
account-stealing scheme. The group compromised 11,500 accounts, some of which were purchased for $1 a piece before being emptied and having their virtual contents resold "for an average of $3 per account."
The group's ringleader was found guilty and slapped with an $8,000 fine as well as two years of jail time, while his accomplices received $1,000 fines and "just under two years in prison."