Symposium on Crimes in Virtual Worlds and Online Gaming Worlds

May 4, 2011 — The popularity of virtual communities (e.g. Second Life and Habbo) and online video games (e.g. World of War Craft and EverQuest) have created new opportunities for criminals and a subsequent need to familiarize law enforcement and security professionals with these technologies so that they may investigate and prevent related crimes. The connection of the economies in these virtual and gaming worlds to real-world currencies has exposed users to theft and fraud. Network security weaknesses in these online environments have exposed private user data, leaving users vulnerable to identity related crimes. Children playing in these interactive worlds without the watchful eyes of parents have, subsequently, been exposed to adults looking to exploit them for sexual purposes.

Drexel University and Drakontas LLC cordially invite you to a Symposium on Crimes in Virtual Worlds & Online Gaming Worlds to be held at the Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Presentations will address the following topics:

  • Fraud in virtual worlds and online video game worlds
  • Child sexual exploitation in virtual worlds and online video game worlds
  • Use of virtual worlds and online video game worlds by terrorists, criminal gangs, and organized crime groups
  • Video game console forensics
  • Public and private sector partnerships in fighting crime in virtual worlds and online video game worlds

The Symposium will feature welcoming remarks from James H. Burch (invited), Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice, and a lunch presentation by Seth Williams, District Attorney of Philadelphia.

The Symposium is free. It is open to criminal justice professionals from all levels of government, researchers, security and tech industry professionals, public policy analysts, and Internet safety advocates. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

For additional information about the Symposium and to register, visit If you have any questions, please contact us at (215) 887-5570 or via email at

The Symposium is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance.