Hi everybody, You may be aware that a player with a considerable amount of in-game wealth was hijacked recently. We don't want to invade that player's privacy by naming names, but we understand that this topic is raising a lot of discussion among the community. As soon as we became aware of the situation we acted quickly banning the hijacker's accounts as well as removing any items & wealth stolen. Unauthorised access to online accounts whether it is your bank account or your RuneScape account is a criminal offence, it is illegal in the UK under the Computer Misuse Act 1990, and the USA's Computer Fraud and Abuse Act 1986 as well as equivalent legislation in many other countries around the world. Jagex have already successfully pursued a RuneScape hijacker in the UK using the above law. You can read about it on the BBC news website here. We want to send a clear message that hijacking is not clever and will not do you any favours, it is an illegal act and we regularly send information onto local law enforcement agencies. Currently we do not return lost/stolen items. This is why it is so important to make sure your account is as secure as possible. Make sure you do the following;
Mod Mark H On behalf of the RuneScape Player Support Team
- Set a Bank Pin. This will help protect your items if the worst happens and somebody accesses your account.
- Set a Email Address to your account to help recover your account and secure it from others trying to gain access to it.
- Choose tough Passwords that aren't easy to guess or very common.
- Don't input your Username/Password into other websites! The only website you should use your RuneScape Username/Password for is the main RuneScape website.
ref: RSOF QFC: 14-15-106-62560262
This is being alluded to on RSOF, and I found many hits to many fansites in Google also referring to this event. Without naming the player in question, I will only mention an accumulation of 1000-ish Santa Hats.
While I applaud Jagex going after the hijacker and stripping him of his ill-gotten gains, how in the name of Hades can you justify not returning the stolen e-items to their rightful owner?
If your house was broken into and the police recovered your items, yet refused to return them to you, all hell would break loose. Yet somehow, Jagex justifies their policy of never returning items in these cases.
How can you justify using the law as a pretense to seize those ill-gotten e-items and then not return them to the rightful accountholder? Please note that Mod Mark H cites US & UK code of law in his post.
I personally, am as disgusted with Jagex as I am with the teenaged punk who pulled this off.
Could a victim of e-crime not use those same codes of law to twist Jagex' arms in court and force the return of stolen e-property?