PUBG Corp announced that 15 suspects involved in the development of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds hacks were arrested by the Chinese police and fined a total of $ 5.1 million.
It is part of the company’s efforts to eliminate scams in PUBG, a problem that has reached epidemic proportions in the last months.
It appears that all 15 arrests took place in China and were undertaken by local Chinese authorities, stating that “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 would, therefore, seem that the longstanding rumor that hacking / cheating programs actually extract information from users’ PCs has been confirmed as true. The use of illegal programs not only ends up ruining the online experience, but contributes to exposing personal information to criminals.