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Attacks in the Metaverse Are Booming. Police Start to Pay Attention

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A woman protecting herself in virtual reality.

While the metaverse might bring benefits to users, like any other Internet-connected innovation, there will be cyber criminals, fraudsters, and scammers who will be looking to exploit it.

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Law enforcement is paying closer attention to reports of attacks, harassment, and sexual assault in virtual environments.

The Zero Abuse Project received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to educate state and local police on crimes committed in VR.

There are concerns about the psychological impact of harassment in VR, but legal precedent would need a significant overhaul for virtual crimes to be prosecuted.

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