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British man jailed for two years after hacking Zynga Poker servers and stealing $11 million worth of virtual currency

Man is jailed after hacking Zynga and stealing virtual currency
By: Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Mar 24, 2011 12:30 am

Five letter word for this man? Idiot. A British man has been sentenced to two years in prison for hacking Zynga Poker servers and stealing $11.4 million worth of virtual currency for Zynga Poker.




Ashley Mitchell, from Devon, hacked into the Zynga mainframe and stole the identity of two Zynga employees to transfer millions of dollars of in-game currency to accounts that were in his name. He then sold the chips on the "black market" for cheap chips for the game. After selling roughly one third of the chips, he had made £53,612. Not too shabby and for only a portion of the real "value" of the chips.


He was caught because he used his own Facebook profile in one of his attempts to break into Zynga's system despite being connected to his neighbours Wi-Fi connection in a lame attempt to somehow make the dots unable to be connected back to him.


Mitchell's lawyer said he had spent most of the money from the sale of the chips on other online gambling sites and said gambling had controlled his life.



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