Thursday 26th November/...Jagex Games Studio, the UK’s largest independent games developer and publisher, today confirmed that a UK resident has been arrested following collaboration with the Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU). The arrest is part of Jagex’s ongoing effort to combat the theft of accounts in RuneScape.com, the world’s most popular free-to-play massively multiplayer online game.
RuneScape players’ accounts were stolen through phishing websites, which duped unsuspecting players into providing their game logon credentials.
“Account theft and the use of phishing websites is a problem facing the entire online games industry and Jagex maintains a specialist team to combat any law breaking within our games” said Mark Gerhard, Jagex CEO.“Where there is any evidence to suggest someone has committed a crime, as is clearly the case with any phishing or hijacking, we work closely with law enforcement agencies around the world to bring these people to account.”
“Our first and only concern is protecting our player community as we know the high value players place on their unique accounts” continued Gerhard.“Players invest years of time and effort into developing their RuneScape character so the theft of a RuneScape account shouldn’t be treated differently to the theft of any other valuable possessions such as a games console, television or car. Our internal investigations revealed that just a handful of individuals are responsible for over 95% of all account hijacking in RuneScape and we have a zero tolerance approach to anyone who attempts to undermine the integrity of our vibrant community. I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation to the professional and hard-working individuals at the PCeU and the FBI, who are assisting us with similar actions in the USA.”
“A 23 year old man was arrested in Avon&Somerset on the morning of Tues 24th Nov by officers from the Police Central e-crime Unit, following an allegation that a number of RuneScape gaming accounts had been hacked and misappropriated” said a PCeU Spokesperson.
Following the discovery of the compromise, PCeU detectives worked closely with JAGEX and through this cooperation the necessary evidence was secured to ensure that an early arrest could be made.
“People who seek to destroy others online gaming experience could be committing criminal offences, leaving themselves liable to prosecution” continued the PCeU Spokesperson.“The PCeU will continue to work with the industry and investigate these allegations where appropriate.”
Jagex Games Studio is a world leading developer of high quality browser-based games and is the largest independent games developer and publisher in the UK, with some 400 staff across two studios in Cambridge, England.
Built exclusively on Jagex’s own proprietary platforms and tools; Jagex is a leader in innovation and technology within the online games space with its popular, genuinely free browser-based game, RuneScape.com (awarded the Guinness World Record for the world’s most popular free-to-play MMO three years running), and FunOrb.com, Jagex’s captivating free browser games website.
The PCeU is a national unit located within the Metropolitan Police. Their mission is to improve the police response to victims of e-crime by developing the capability of the Police Service across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, co-ordinating the law enforcement approach to all types of e-crime, and by providing a national investigative capability for the most serious e-crime incidents.
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