A British IT expert has admitted to hacking games developer Zynga’s servers to steal $12 million worth of poker chips.
Ashley Mitchell, 29, of Paignton, Devon pleaded guilty to hacking the servers and pilfering 400 billion virtual gaming chips, the South Devon Herald Express reports.
Mitchell then sold a chunk of his taking at a hefty discount on the black market, earning him about £53,000.
Prosecutor Gareth Evans explained: “The defendant sold around one third of the 400 billion poker chips and looking at the auction history where one can purchase such items he was selling them for around £430 per billion.”
"By my reckoning the total value if sold on the black market of the 400 billion was in the region of £184,000."
Mitchell pleaded guilty to four counts of converting criminal property and one count of unauthorised access to a computer with intent to commit and offence.
Judge Philip Wassall said it is “inevitable” that Mitchell will go to prison. Sentencing is scheduled for next month.