The Long Arm of the Law Reaches into World of Warcraft

AzerothIf you’re in trouble with the law, fleeing to Canada is making a pretty good go of it. But now one criminal has learned the hard way that if you’re going to leave your real world behind to escape prosecution, you’d better leave your virtual world behind, too.

At the tail end of a two-year manhunt, an Indiana sheriff’s deputy started thinking outside the box, and managed to pinpoint the fugitive’s virtual whereabouts – inside World of Warcraft, which the man was still playing. The deputy sent a subpoena to Blizzard, who responded without hesitation – sending all of his account information, including his IP and billing address. Oh, and his character – a level 80 shaman, I guess in case the deputy wanted to try to take him out via PVP first.

Thanks to Google Earth, they were able to zero in on the IP address and take the fugitive into custody, which was apparently the first time the sheriff had ever tracked someone down in Canada. I’m guessing they don’t let you play WoW in jail.

Of course, the most amusing part of this story to me is that the only reason the deputy knew where to look for the man was that he played WoW himself and guessed it as the fugitive’s virtual vice from vague descriptions of an online game. I wonder if he’s a paladin?

[Via Sphere]

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6 Responses to The Long Arm of the Law Reaches into World of Warcraft

  1. It’s turning into a smaller world every day. I’m glad Blizzard was willing to play ball and help out. Other source said he was wanted on “drug charges”. I’m curious what he really did that kept the search going for two years and was extreme enough for Canada to extradite.

  2. It's turning into a smaller world every day. I'm glad Blizzard was willing to play ball and help out. Other source said he was wanted on "drug charges". I'm curious what he really did that kept the search going for two years and was extreme enough for Canada to extradite.

  3. I’m glad that someone in the police is looking outside the box. Actually, it almost reminds me of .Hack//Sign when they were looking for Tsubasa in real life.

  4. I'm glad that someone in the police is looking outside the box. Actually, it almost reminds me of .Hack//Sign when they were looking for Tsubasa in real life.

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