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  Linden Lab:  Feds to Crack Down on ‘Second Life’ Attackers  
Posted 2006-05-02 by Tony Walsh
Linden Lab says that U.S. federal authorities will eventually crack down on those who have launched denial of service attacks against Second Life, the company's virtual world, according to CNET's Daniel Terdiman. Linden Lab's general counsel, Ginsu Yoon, told Terdiman that law enforcement action is pending as a result of attacks carried out as early as six months ago: "People who are thinking that they're off free because there's been grid attacks before and nothing happened--they will be surprised...It's just a matter of time."

In a statement reportedly drafted at the beginning of the year, Yoon told Terdiman that Linden Lab had "very specific information about the identities of individuals involved in the attacks...There are people who think that bringing down our grid is fun, and that it's not breaking the law. I'd encourage those people to read the federal code" about denial-of-service attacks." Meanwhile, security analyists, lawyers, academics, and gamers eagerly await news of precedent-setting federal charges brought against virtual world hackers. Since Linden Lab doesn't seem capable of preventing attacks against Second Life, it can only hope that such charges will deter future interference with its virtual world. Of course, if the promised federal action does not take place, it's open season for Second Life attackers.
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