British hacker Ashley Mitchell thought it would be a hoot to steal $US12 million from Zynga, the creators of Facebook games like Farmville and Cityville. And it would have been! If he hadn't been caught.
Mitchell's story reads like a textbook bungled burglary. He hacks into a Zynga server, running popular online card game Zynga Poker, and steals 400 billion of the game's betting chips, which have an official worth of around $US12 million.
Only once stolen, they're not worth anywhere near that much. Outside the bounds of the game, on the black market, they're "only" worth $US300,000. And Mitchell could only offload a third of them before he was caught.
He's admitted his crimes to a British court and, once convicted, faces "a substantial jail term".