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Hacker jailed for hijacking PCs and game server

AN online game player was sentenced to 11 months in jail and fined 2,000 yuan for hacking other computers and attacking game company servers, a city court said yesterday.

The man surnamed Xiang was convicted of hijacking others' computers, the first such case in the city. However, Xiang did not steal others' virtual currency or game tokens through hacking. He did so merely for fun.

Since last year, many local online game players found they could not access the Chinese version of "Audition," one of the world's most popular online dance and music games.

"The online service always broke down for no apparent reasons," players complained.
Xiang became a fan of the game in 2008 through news about the game's hackers and found "it's cool doing that." He learnt the hacking tricks to remotely control other computers.

By doing so, Xiang intended to enter the game's ultimate stage known as "Room No. 100" ahead of others. From January to August, Xiang controlled 55 computers and attacked the game's server several times, causing it to break down, the court said.
The game company also suffered losses as frustrated players began to quit the game.
Xiang was detained by police last September, the court said.


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