Crimes in the metaverse are not always purely virtual. They can have real-life repercussions, especially at this time when the law is silent on this matter.
Crimes in the metaverse will potentially be numerous. As society lives more and more in this virtual world, criminals will find ways to stop it. On the other hand, it can also be thought that some will become more negligent as there are acts that will not have a direct effect in real life.
However, crimes in the metaverse can cause others trouble in the society real. We know that the law is not there yet. So, we have decided to devote a few lines to shed some light on this topic.
The metaverse, an increasingly complex universe
Facebook becomes Meta. It’s not just a name change, it’s more than one migration towards a more connected world dynamic : the metaverse. The latter is increasingly becoming the center of all activities, commercial and otherwise.
Companies and individuals are developing a new way of living, that of connecting in a virtual world where everything can be found. On the one hand, companies present products for sale in the metaverse. On the other hand, individuals buy them to get them. This implies that this virtual universe becomes more and more complex.
Log in to meet your virtual friends. Except that the metaverse is a world copied from our real world. Which means you can’t always avoid people you don’t want to meet. Of course, Meta remains ambitious on this, wanting to reassure its members that they can block certain people’s access to their world. But it is simply impossible.
Therefore, this complexity will be a lever for the crime. In other words, crimes in the metaverse can take over. Today, cookies can be used to spy on how we behave on the Internet. Which means that, in the metaverse, no one will have a private life.
Crimes in the Metaverse
As discussed earlier, the metaverse is a way for criminals to breach privacy, for both businesses and individuals. piracy, the data leaks companies are risks to take with the development of the metaverse. Hackers will soon find new ways to hack into corporate security systems through the metaverse.
Hacking and cyber-intrusion
Such a weak security system will increase the rate cyber intrusion and data loss while knowing how to invest in the metaverse. The extracted information will be sold to the highest bidders. And the buyers can be competitors or other people who use them for criminal purposes. This will also affect everyone’s privacy in case their personal data is stolen.
hence, the harassment, deception and violence are to be feared along with other crimes in the metaverse. We must not forget that since the early days of the metaverse we have witnessed sexual assaults. But we can debate this issue because an attack that occurs in the metaverse cannot directly affect real life. However, its effects can be harmful.
Theft and extortion
Now let’s talk about theft and piracy to extort money. Imagine a person whose digital wallet and all virtual money were stolen. Not only will he no longer be able to purchase items in the metaverse, but he will also not be able to trust the security system.
Also, you can be harassed through your avatar by forcing yourself to pay this or that amount, otherwise your avatar will be attacked. Today we already live with deepface and deepvoice. These are forms of scams that are used by hacker to mimic your behavior. In the mataverse we can also find her avatar (a fake) running around with all our habits.
Come to think of it, it must be said that crimes can also reach the metaverse without being able to do anything about it.
Can crimes in the metaverse affect real life?
If you crash into a car in the metaverse, it is impossible to imagine physical damage. This is already a good thing. However, we must repair the material damage, the vehicles in this case. Which involves spending (albeit with digital money).
If you are a victim of piracy, it is undeniable that your real life is affected. Criminals can use stolen information to blackmail or harass you. It’s easier to be in the real world with your data in the metaverse.
The same is true if your avatar has lost a sum. You have to exchange your real money for digital money to continue enjoying the virtual world and its offerings. Which leads us to conclude that real life and life in the metaverse are interdependent.
So, crimes in the metaverse will no doubt have damage about our real life. If your avatar has been attacked in the virtual world, chances are the attackers are trying to find you in earnest to try to do the same.
For businesses, the metaverse is like a portal to all kinds of piracy, espionage, and information theft. There is nothing worse than stealing information to bring down a business.
And the laws in the eyes of the metaverse?
Currently, the giants of Silicon Valley are rushing into the metaverse, without thinking too much about the jurisdictional aspect of this world. This creates a number of problems such as legislation and legal vacuum.
Crimes in the metaverse, what the lawmakers say
Privacy is a critical issue for lawmakers. It seems though contradictory to the fact that we are advancing more and more into a connected world that is the metaverse. In fact, we have legislated laws of another century in which technology was only an accessory of society. Justice is then seen inwithout exit when it comes to deciding on a technology issue.
This is why crimes in the metaverse can remain unpunished as the legislation fails to keep pace. The data leaks recorded in recent years are closely linked to the rise of social media. Not to mention the harassment and personal attacks carried out through social networks.
Certainly Meta has opted for a prohibition technique by reporting false information or harassment. But is this enough to limit the crimes? However, it should be borne in mind that these companies are primarily aiming to make a profit than to protect the privacy of their users. This view also applies to the metaverse.
Can we speak of a legal vacuum?
Since the legislation remains mute, the problem of the juridical void is therefore evoked. If we take a case involving metaverse crimes to court, it would be difficult to decide. How many magistrates spend their time in the metaverse? How many of them are planning to investigate such a case without really knowing what this virtual world is?
On the other hand, it is important to implement virtual courses (meta course) in the metaverse. But it is still necessary to consider the adoption of new laws conforming to this universe and sanctions proportionate to it. Such a project does not seem to be in the priorities of the metaverse designers. For now, we must be content with being very careful, both as an individual and as an organization.
Another void appears in terms of border between crimes in the metaverse and real crimes. When it comes to information leaks, they can occur both in the real world and in the metaverse. However, the repercussions can prove to be more severe in real life although the origin is the virtual world.
If the hacker resides in a country other than the victim’s, is it possible that the law can do something about it? Can international law intervene in this case? Only time will tell what will become of this complex universe.
Crimes in the metaverse can increase as it attracts more and more users. Some can cause damage in real life, some not. However, the metaverse is becoming more and more complex. That will increase the crime rate in this virtual world.
Furthermore, the law is silent in the face of this progressive change. Legislators are still a long way from adopting legislative and regulatory texts aimed at serving as guidelines in this regard. However, we cannot deny the various positive points of the metaverse, the connection with an open world, without having to move, for example. Therefore, it is more prudent to resort to legislation and the adoption of standards to regulate access to assets in the metaverse.