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Online Poker Chip Thief Gets Two Years In Jail 63

Posted by Soulskill
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jhernik writes "A 29-year-old gambler from Paignton, Devon, has been sentenced to two years in jail after hacking into an online gambling site and stealing billions of poker chips. Ashley Mitchell admitted to hacking into the servers of American gaming company Zynga Corporation in 2009 and making off with $12 million (£7.5 million) worth of gambling chips."
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Online Poker Chip Thief Gets Two Years In Jail

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  • by drunkennewfiemidget (712572) on Tuesday March 22, 2011 @03:48AM (#35569520) Homepage

    And they'll be filling his 'slot' in prison. At least there'll be plenty of tables to play. If he plays his cards right, he'll probably get a shortened sentence. Maybe he can roll the dice and get in with a gang that will protect him.

    Hopefully he'll be well behaved and won't end up in the pit.

  • by igreaterthanu (1942456) * on Tuesday March 22, 2011 @04:09AM (#35569602)

    I literally laughed out loud when I read the bit about "Zynga" and "worth 12 million".

    Just because they are trying to sell them for 12 million doesn't make them worth that.

    • Social Game Maker Zynga’s Market Valuation Tops $5.5B
      http://www.cnbc.com/id/39869254/Social_Game_Maker_Zynga_s_Market_Valuation_Tops_5_5B [cnbc.com]

      Who's laughing now?

  • by ckeo (220727) on Tuesday March 22, 2011 @04:12AM (#35569614)

    Throw him in the worst virtual jail there is !! :\

  • by bjourne (1034822) on Tuesday March 22, 2011 @04:37AM (#35569690) Homepage Journal
    That's great that he is getting punished for the theft. Poker chips have a real value on the sites that are employing them. But what about those poker sites that ban accounts and refuse to pay their owner for vague or no reasons at all? Lots of people have had their money stolen for suspected collusion or for playing in a pattern similar to a poker bot.
    • by travdaddy (527149)
      Actually, Zynga pays out $0 no matter how many chips you have. These are the makers of Farmville we're talking about. Just like you can buy cows from them with real money and can't sell them back more cows for more money, you can buy poker chips from them with real money and can't sell them back more chips for more money.

      Why do people buy play money chips? I don't know, why do people buy virtual cows? (OK, I do know the answer: e-peen)
  • by gweihir (88907) on Tuesday March 22, 2011 @04:40AM (#35569706)

    As if they would not notice. This is a "currency" they
    control. While the guy seems to have been at least somewhat capable for
    being able to hack, I can see the risk analysis on the other side: "We can
    track those in detail anyways, so if so somebody steals them, we will easily
    identify the thief. No need to secure this better." I mean, how stupid can
    you get? Obviously a person that cannot generalize or apply his intellect to
    something not in his narrow vision.

    In addition, he has a previous (suspended) sentence of 30 weeks for hacking.
    Obviously also unable to learn.

    When a former school-mate that is now a
    police detective told me that they do not catch the really smart perpetrators, but
    that there were plenty of dumb ones around of any level of intelligence, I
    first did not believe him. By now I do. This is just one more data point.

    • When a former school-mate that is now a police detective told me that they do not catch the really smart perpetrators, but that there were plenty of dumb ones around of any level of intelligence, I first did not believe him. By now I do. This is just one more data point.

      To put it in a way that is easier to understand: Int: 18, Wis: dump stat.

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  • by ArundelCastle (1581543) on Tuesday March 22, 2011 @05:32AM (#35569884)

    I keep dreaming of a day when things like this will not be described at a grade 6 reading level. (Full blame on TFA in this case.)
    - Chips were not stolen. A number in a database was forged.
    - He did not "make off" with anything. Probably didn't leave his chair.

    I like Tron and Ocean's Eleven too, but using these metaphors for real crime is just as goofy.

    • I am reminded of how the fractional reserve system works:

      A and B have balances of $0.

      A deposits $10.

      A has a balance of $10; B has a balance of $0.

      B asks for a loan of $5; bank "uses" A's money.

      A has a balance of $10; B has a balance of $5.

      The house always wins.

  • What, are those zynga chips worth actual money? As far as I remember you got them for free all the time, removing the point of the whole game.

    • by delinear (991444)
      Just because something can be gifted, it doesn't mean that the thing has no value. If I get money in a birthday card as a "free gift", it doesn't suddenly negate the point of working to earn money, although in this case it's probably got more in common with a crack dealer giving out free samples to get people hooked...
  • by geekmux (1040042) on Tuesday March 22, 2011 @06:09AM (#35570034)

    ...the CFO of Parker Brothers was convicted of felony embezzlement when he tried to make off with 12 million pink Monopoly dollars.

    Funny how my story sounds ridiculous yet 21st-Century funny money is a "crime".

  • By getting a business license, then he could steal like paypal and get away with it.

  • if you steal cash from a bank, the cash you have stolen is anonymous (well, it usually is): that is, there's no way to tell later if it is the same cash you stole from the bank

    but this guy just moved around bits on someone's server. hey frank, the ton of chips with id #445566, where'd they go? hey jack, maybe its this guy here, with a ton of chips with id #445566?

    i mean seriously: you're smart enough to hack a server, but not smart enough to play that scenario out?
     

    • by ckeo (220727)

      I know a guy that hacked into a bank and stole real money from someone's account and transferred it into HIS OWN PERSONAL BANK ACCOUNT.

      "Stupid is as stupid does" - Forest Gump

  • The house always wins...
  • Many people try to earn quickly and easily, and preferably 5 minutes to become a millionaire. Here and there were no exceptions. Unfortunately the offense has been solved. But on the other hand, it gives a thoughtful, not all so easy. Need to work hard and honestly to earn. Even in this case, it will bring much more fun than lost years in prison.

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