Saturday, January 2, 2010


Believe it or the World of Warcraft or WOW, actually served a purpose besides enslaving millions of youth to their computers across the globe. Authorities have used social networking sites like Facebook in the past to catch fugitives. For example, a 19 year old Pennsylvania man named Jonathan Parker broke into a house and stole two diamond rings. Before he left the house he checked his Facebook on the victim's computer, and forgot to log out! All I can say is what an IDIOT! The police caught Jonathan and he is awaiting trial.

This story is similar, but in this case the authorities took a different approach. Alfred Hightower was wanted for several counts of drug dealing but fled the country to Canada. The law knew their fugitive was a frequent WOW player and used this information to their advantage. To track down the fugitive police subpoenaed WOW creator Blizzard Entertainment for information regarding Hightower's account. With the information they received from Blizzard authorities were able to pinpoint Hightower's location and he will soon be extradicted back to the U.S. to face the charges brought against him.

The World of Warcraft will do more than eat away at your social life; if you break the law it might help bring you to justice. Don't mess with The Lich King!


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