According to Kotaku, late last week ten men in China were sentenced to two years in prison (each) and fined for their part in hacking World of Warcraft accounts. The sentencing took place in Zhejiang province's Songyang county court (China). The men were sentenced for their part in "hacking and defrauding over 10,000 World of WarCraft accounts." The group of Chinese men were arrested earlier in the year for hacking and defrauding over 10,000 Chinese gamers through a series of online transactions.
The men set up a small workspace where they leveraged stolen WoW login information they had purchased for about $1 a piece. After getting into these accounts, the men proceeded to empty them of their accumulated gold and gear for about $3 per account. Seeing how successful their tiny venture was, the group set up a small studio where they flipped and stole from over 11,500 WoW accounts, earning them at least $10,800 in profit.
After being caught, the ring leader – identified only as "Chen" – was sentenced to two years in jail and fined $8000. The other men were sentenced to little under two years and fined around $1000 each. All of the money they made was confiscated by the state as well as all the computer equipment that they used to get them.