What you say on Xbox Live can hurt you. If you have a hard time believing this, just ask the teenager in Maryland who “hijacked” an Xbox Live account and sent prank messages to almost 100 other players with threats of bringing a gun to school and shooting his peers. Obviously, these did not go unnoticed, and the teenager was arrested
Government officials said in an interview that the teenager, who wishes to remain anonymous, acquired the login details via an via a website that sells unauthorized Xbox Live accounts for money. Prosecutor Theodore Romankow said,“After obtaining this user name and password the Maryland teenager sent a message to nearly 100 people, including students at Berkeley Heights High School pretending to be the user,”
His messages contained death threats including plans to shoot fellow students with a gun. The message soon reached the ears of resonsible and justifiably worried parents, who contacted the police. An investigation went underway and the teenager was caught, claiming it was all a joke.
“At no time were students in Berkeley Heights in any danger,” said the prosecutor. “This appears to be a teenage prank.”
A little dirty humor on online gaming services is something that many gamers are guilty of, but actually threatening somebody is crossing the line. Take this as a lesson to be careful what you say while gaming, or even when using the internet in general.
What are your thoughts on this crime?