A Man Has Been Arrested For Writing a Virus That Would Affect Every One of This Country’s Whac-a-Mole Games?
In Florida, a man was arrested for writing a virus that would affect every single one of this country's ...Whac-a-Mole games. That's right.
In case you didn't have a childhood, Whac-a-Mole is the classic Chuck-E-Cheese-friendly arcade game where you use a rubber mallet to smack plastic moles on the head as they pop out of different holes.
The game was created in 1970 by a company called Bob's Space Racers in Holly Hill, Florida. And they've been manufacturing it exclusively ever since.
In 1980, a guy named Marvin Wimberly Junior of Orlando, Florida started working there as a game programmer. He was 31 at the time. He's 61 now . . . and after 30 years with the company, he started noticing they were really cutting his work.
So in August of 2008, he allegedly started writing a VIRUS into the Whac-a-Mole games. Basically, the machines would just stop working . . . and break . . . after a certain number of games were played.
Because Marvin is the best Whac-a-Mole repairman they have, he figured if the machines kept breaking down, they'd HAVE to keep him on the staff to handle the non-stop stream of repairs.
But the company caught on, and called the police. After an investigation, Marvin was arrested for offenses against intellectual property.