Friday, May 13, 2011

Update on zFire Xue

Two months after being banned from Second Life, zFire Xue, the creator of the infamous Redzone alt-detector, is apparently facing real life judgment in a court of law.

In an article written by Avril Korman (known as Axi Kurmin in Second Life), Mike Prime, once known as zFire Xue in Second Life, is stated as being under probation for past doings, and was also doing some things in real life besides collecting a list of IP addresses. His parole violations related to his activity on the Grid currently are refusing to allow his probation officer inspect his computer, and not informing him of the money he was making in Second Life.

A warrant had been issued for his arrest, and on May 2, he turned himself in. Appearing before a judge, he denied all charges against him. A hearing is scheduled for May 18th.

Discussing the article with a friend, she hoped the Feds would make an in-depth investigation of his RedZone activities, feeling that would add racketeering, violation of privacy, and password trafficking to the charges. Avril herself commented, “I do not know which federal investigative agency is still digging. I have two guesses though, and neither one of them sound like a lot of fun for zFire. Either one could be rummaging rather thoroughly into his activities within Second Life, and I don't think that will go well for him.”

Avril called the mess part of a larger issue of “Security and Responsibility on the Virtual Frontier.” By all means the article is worth reading for it’s questions and comments on security issues. She called this part of the article “The RedZone Epilogue.” It may be the beginning of the epilogue, but as he’s gotten in trouble before and failed to learn his lesson, it may not be the last we hear from Mike Prime.


Special thanks to Treminari Huet.

Bixyl Shuftan

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