Never let it be said that zfRedZone is drama free. In a sensational development, someone has uncoverd evidence that everything we said about zFire Xue is true. I have said I will not use his full real name on this forum (although I have known it for quite some time). In the light of this news, I say stuff it!
Michael Stefan Prime has multiple criminal convictions, including convictions for ebay fraud. This is an article about Mike Prime – zFire Xue. A longer PDF court record is here, and a New York Times article is here. Note from the court record that he had a string of previous convictions for first and second degree theft, two counts of possession of stolen property in the second degree, and forgery – at the age of 19!!
Bronxelf released this link to the court records for this case in a sensational post on SLUniverse a short while ago. Theia Magic confirmed this was the information she passed on to Linden Lab on Friday, and that the Lab is therefore now aware of zFire’s criminal record.
As zFire’s usual response is to fib and deny, I will pre-empt questions as to whether this is the same Michael Prime by saying that the age and details in this report fit him perfectly (19 in 1999 – he is 30 now, which we know is correct), and I had already scoured the web some months ago and I am 99.9% confident that he is the only Mike Prime in the Seattle area in the region of 30 years old. Theia Magic has also spent the weekend confirming identity and turning up some interesting names to others we have seen before – including John Hamlin. Theia’s blog is linked on the right, so check there to see if she posts updates.
So there you have it. It is as we always knew it: The fight between us and RedZone was always about thousands of honest sim owners and content creators on the one side, and a small band of thieves and criminals on the other. And the criminals built a system called RedZone.
Now, in our view, Linden Lab must act.
Consider what we have here:
- Mike Prime set up a system that unreliably but with some success links alts by IP address. He does not care about false positives, as long as he finds a few real positives because:
- Most people who have lats use the same password or some variation on the same.
- Mike Prime has been harvesting password information from the 5,000+ users of his site by logging real passwords and failed attempts.
there is a very real risk that Mike Prime intends to use stolen accounts and stolen alt accounts for more petty theft and fraud.
URGENT: Please put aside all grudges and tell all users of RedZone, and anyone who ever registered at Mike Prime’s site to CHANGE THEIR PASSWORD IMMEDIATELY IN ALL PLACES THEY USE THAT PASSWORD!