Last week, a group of 10 Chinese men were sentenced to prison for stealing from a total of 11,500 World of Warcraft accounts. The leader of the group, Chen, purchased hacked WoW accounts for $1 each and emptied them, selling the resulting gold for an average of $3 per account. Eventually one of Chen's accomplices left to start his own hacking "studio" to flip WoW accounts with several employees. A series of complaints led to an investigation and subsequent trial where Chen was found guilty, fined $8,000, and sentenced to 2 years in prison. The others involved were fined $1,000 and sentenced to just under 2 years in prison. Their $10,800 in profits and computer equipment used was also confiscated by the authorities.
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