Teenager arrested for stealing virtual furniture from Habbo Hotel
A Dutch teenager has been arrested for allegedly stealing $6.000 worth of virtual furniture from “rooms” in the social-networking site Habbo Hotel.
A seventeen year-old boy stole almost $6000 worth of virtual furniture in the online game Habbo Hotel. Habbo Hotel is a virtual world where people can create houses and other scenarios, but the items need to be purchased with real money.
The company alleged that the boy, with the help of some friends, created a website to lure other players into revealing their passwords. After that it was just a matter of logging into the game and transferring the furniture into his own room.
The lines between “virtual” and “reality” continue to blur. At first glance, the idea of stealing virtual furniture from Habbo Hotelseems ludicrous. But, the furniture was paid for with real money.
It would be a perfect crime, except that the police was called and the boy was arrested.