PUBG Hackers Responsible for Developing Cheats Have Been Arrested
PUBG Corp. has made it very clear in the past that they take cheating very seriously, and yesterday they announced that several hackers responsible for developing cheats and ‘malicious code’ for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds have been arrested and fined. In addition, PUBG Corp. has also revealed the extra steps to improve their anti-cheat solutions.
An announcement was made through the PUBG Steam page yesterday confirming that 15 people responsible for making cheats and using ‘malicious code’ to steal user information were arrested just a few short days ago. According to PUBG Corp. these individuals were not only arrested for using Trojan horse software, but also for unlawfully affecting PUBG with such programs. Here’s what the post said, “Earlier this month, on April 25th, 15 suspects were arrested for developing and selling hacking/cheating programs that affect PUBG. It was confirmed that malicious code, including Trojan horse software, was included in some of these programs and was used to steal user information.”
“Some hack programs that are being distributed through the internet includes a Huigezi Trojan horse*(Chinese backdoor) virus. It was proven that hack developers used this virus to control users’ PC, scan their data, and extract information illegally.” The suspects, which include “OMG”, “FL”, “火狐”, “须弥” and “炎黄”, have been fined approximately $30 million RNB, or $51 million USD. In addition to these fines, the suspects are facing legal action and even more fines.
While some may see the fines a bit on the hefty side, there are likely many PUBG fans who would like to see these cheaters pay for their crimes even more. Especially considering PUBG has had a lot of problems with hackers and cheaters since the game launched. In fact, the company has already banned millions of players as a result and in the announcement they reaffirmed that they take cheating in their popular Battle Royale title very seriously. In addition to the current legal action PUBG Corp. is taking against these individuals, they’ve also stated that they’ve made quite a few security adjustments. “We’ve upgraded our security measures, improved our anti-cheat solutions, and recently even added a new anti-cheat solution on top of all that. In the meantime, we’ve also been continuously gathering information on hack developers (and sellers) and have been working extensively with multiple partners and judicial authorities to bring these people to justice.”
What do you think of the punishment? So far, these individuals are only suspects, but it’s likely at least one of them will be face prosecution, right? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and keep it locked for updates!