Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Blizzard assists cops in busting WoW playing dope fiend

06 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)
Blizzard assists cops in busting WoW playing dope fiend

This one may make some people a little uneasy, and not just because it's over half a week old. The "Kokomo Perspective" news site ('about us' page left vacant) has written up a interesting story about how cops tracked down a fugitive who had fled the US to Canada.

The interesting part: they caught the chap because he played World of Warcraft. The uneasy part: upon receiving an out-of-jurisdiction subpoena, Blizzard supplied the information which allowed the cops to track him down.
“We received information that this guy was a regular player of an online game, which was referred to as ‘some warlock and witches’ game,” said Roberson. “None of that information was sound enough to pursue on its own, but putting everything we had together gave me enough evidence to send a subpoena to Blizzard Entertainment. I knew exactly what he was playing — World of Warcraft. I used to play it. It’s one of the largest online games in the world.”


“They don’t have to respond to us, and I was under the assumption that they wouldn’t,” said Roberson. “It had been three or four months since I had sent the subpoena. I just put it in the back of my mind and went on to do other things. Then I finally got a response from them. They sent me a package of information. They were very cooperative. It was nice that they were that willing to provide information.”

Blizzard did more than cooperate. It gave Roberson everything he needed to track down Hightower, including his IP address, his account information and history, his billing address, and even his online screen name and preferred server. From there it was a simple matter to zero in on the suspect’s location.

“I did a search off the IP address to locate him,” said Roberson. “I got a longitude and latitude. Then I went to Google Earth. It works wonders. It uses longitude and latitude. Boom! I had an address. I was not able to go streetside at the location, but I had him.”
The heinous crime that sparked a cross-country hunt? Marijuana dealing, from the look. Mischievious folks with a love of irony might take the opportunity to ponder the (oft debated) non-addictive nature of weed at this point and compare it to WoW, for instance.

Long arm of law reaches into WOrld of Warcraft [Kokomo Perspective]
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 BITS

now blizz should do an event for this
like...chasing the bad guys and get some new achievements xD
My System SpecsSystem Spec

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
BSOD/crash whenever I am playing a Blizzard game (Error 0x000000f4)
Hello everyone. For the past few months I have been getting blue screens whenever I play or have a Blizzard game running on my PC (EXCEPT for Hearthstone) through their launcher. At first it was KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR, And we fixed that running a script suggested on the microsoft...
BSOD Help and Support
BSOD playing Blizzard games
Hi i recently upgraded my computer: passed from win32 to win64, had one GB micro 4bg DDR3 bar to 4x G.SKILL RIPJAW 4bg DDR3 for a total of 16bg, had an azus 1bd HDMI card to a PNY 4gb GEFORCE GTX 960. Ever since i got win64 i blue screened a few times at first i thought i was overheating so i...
BSOD Help and Support
Intermitten BSOD error when playing blizzard games
I have recently been getting alot of BSOD errors while play Diablo or Warcraft Please view the DMP file I included for more information
BSOD Help and Support
BDOD only when playing blizzard games?
Ok where to start... First off my Specs: -Windows 7 x64 -Asus P5k -Intel E8500, not OC'ed -4850 crossfire -3 x 2GB DDR2 800 (2 chips are transend and, other is dynet running in dual channel asymmetric mode) -550 watt Coolermaster PSU -Coolermaster storm scout case, so loads of Fans.
BSOD Help and Support
Mac Vs. PC: Myth-Busting Guide For Consumers
hi all found this interesting read and would like to share:D Mac vs. PC: Mythbusting Guide for Consumers Fanboy trolling or arguments will get you a meeting with the hammer. Let's keep this a friendly discussion. :)
Chillout Room

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:21.
Twitter Facebook