Well, it looks like the C0VEN titan heist story reached the mainstream media in Poland, I have put together a rough translation of the article which got featured on TVN24, which is according to wikipedia “Poland’s first 24-hour news channel”:
Here’s the somewhat cleaned up version. I did my best with my limited knowledge of Polish syntax.
Player robs polish Eve Online alliance. Ships worth tens of thousands of Zlotys, gone.
Could the Polish prosecutor’s office persecute the thief of several “internet space ships”? A group of EVE Online players, united under the banner of virtual alliance “c0ven” would surely like to as a virtual “thief in the night” deprived them of some of the largest ships in the game, worth up to several thousand Zlotys outside the game.
EVE Online, the online massively multiplayer game created by the Icelandic company CCP [Games], allows tens of thousands of players to simultaneously fight, build and trade in a virtual galaxy. Thousands of people gather in large coalitions fighting each other for control of hundreds of solar systems.
The most valuable tools used to fight are big ships called Titans. The construction of each of them requires a great amount of work and it takes months to construct them. They are vastly more powerful than all the other ships in Eve. Titans are so closely guarded and are the most “strategic weapon” used in the alliance’s most important tasks. Security, however, failed in the Polish alliance “c0ven”.
As reported a few days ago, it’s members devoted to the EVE forums, someone broke into the players’ accounts of “Coven” and stole the four Titans, all of which belonged to a common alliance. I do not know what happened to them. The rumors on the forums is that the thief gave control of them to another large alliance.
What is interesting is the reaction of players in “C0VEN”. The losses are estimated at around 600 billion ISK, equivalent to about 40 thousand zlotys (Game subscription time, PLEX, can be exchanged for ISK. PLEX can also be purchased for real currency. Thus the rate is fixed and it is possible to exchange ISK for real money. Directly selling ISK for real money is officially prohibited by the authors of the game). Because 40 thousand is not a small sum, the players of “c0ven” have threatened to file the case to the Polish prosecutor’s office. They also say that they tracked the IP address of the thief.
In recent years, Poland had successfully prosecuted several cases related to the theft of items in the virtual world, which ended with fines and imprisonment. It is therefore theoretically possible that law enforcement will seek to prosecute the theft of these Titans.
Author: mk / / gak / k / Source: tvn24.pl
Very interesting news. Corp theft in Eve Online is a regular occurrence. It is even sanctioned game-play by CCP. If Poland can prosecute the theft of the Titans, the implications of which could be far reaching. Will other countries observe this and follow suit, prosecuting virtual theft in Eve? Walk away with a T3… get a ticket? Pinch an alliance corp wallet, 30 days in the crowbar motel? Steal a shuttle full of PLEX… death by hanging?
Discussion: How far is just too far.
Some people have contested that services like eve-skunk break certain “laws” whenever someone leaks out or post information without someone else’s consent, but what about actual internet spaceships?
There is a good yahoo answer on a similar issue (this case email access):
If you give someone the key to your car or apartment is it illegal for them to drive your car or enter your house. Your password is your key to your computer, its a personal thing. If you give someone your password its no different than giving them access to your house or transportation. No Its not Illegal, Giving them your access information is the same as granting permission. If your concerned about someone reading your email then you should change your password and keep it to yourself.
The question remains whether there was an account sharing issue involved or not. In the end we doubt the Polish police might waste resources inquiring a “game theft”.
Let’s hope someone in CCP Games is savvy enough to turn this into a nice media stunt for CCP Games. Also in before “Not to worry, ______________ is in the case” jokes.