Bluehole's Anti-Cheat Efforts For PUBG Result In Arrests
Developer Bluehole has been pushing hard against cheaters and hackers ever since PUBG came to prominence last year. Today, the studio released a community update where it notified players that 15 individuals had been arrested for developing and selling programs that not only let players use cheats in-game but also stole personal data from those same players.
Here's the pertinent text from Bluehole:
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.
Here’s some translated information from the local authorities we worked with on this case:
"15 major suspects including “OMG”, “FL”, “火狐”, “须弥” and “炎黄” were arrested for developing hack programs, hosting marketplaces for hack programs, and brokering transactions. Currently the suspects have been fined approximately 30mil RNB ($5.1mil USD). Other suspects related to this case are still being investigated.
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.”
It's rare that hackers are held accountable for marring online gaming experiences so this is rather refreshing to see but also kind of astounding. Five million dollars is quite a chunk of change. We're curious to see how many other suspects are brought in as the months go on, and how this story develops and affects other online gaming communities.