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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Serious things can happen in the gaming world too:

Twenty-sixteen became a year of disappointment for fans of famous South Korean Starcraft II pro-gamer Lee "Life" Seung Hyun. He was found guilty of match-fixing—losing a tournament match intentionally for a bribe. The investigation revealed that shortly before the game, Life was approached by brokers posing as fans.

They managed to convince the 19-year-old pro-gamer to throw several matches. He was promised $60,000—several times more than he would have earned by winning the tournament. The brokers cunningly asked him to lose games of minor importance rather than the final match so that the player’s pride wouldn't be hurt.

In total, eight people were arrested and charged during the match-fixing investigation, including the brokers who placed bets on the rigged games. Kotaku notes that most pro-gamers are teenagers and young men who can easily be manipulated. Life was sentenced to three years in jail, but later that term was reduced to nine months.

You’d think that by age 19, a person should be able to distinguish between what's legal and what's illegal. But that’s not what we are going to talk about in this issue.

We’ve written a great deal about money-motivated scammers. But there exist many more types of fraud.

Playing video games is a good way to relax and find new friends. But what if you can't attain the status or prize you want no matter how hard you try? You can easily use a special code or strategy and get ahead of honest players!

Note. The Anti-virus Times understands that cheating is not always related to scams and that tricks can be used to gain an advantage without actually cheating.

The fight against cheating has been going on for years with varying degrees of success.

Here is one example:

Players opting for the AFK farm will be punished. The first time the player will receive a warning. The second time they will be banned temporarily or permanently, regardless of how severe the violation was.

And here is another one:

Now players hunt for cheaters, and some of these players have gotten incredibly good at it.

Or even better:

Pirates would just get stuck in the game. And then they would start posting complaints on forums.

But older cheaters are being replaced by new ones.

In the period from January 26-31, 2017, Blizzard Entertainment blocked 3,000 user accounts for cheating. However, that didn't solve the problem.

That’s why South Korea even adopted a law against cheating:

People involved in creating cheating tools for multiplayer games can be fined $50,000 or sentenced to three years in jail.

According to Korean media outlets, the authorities are going to impose penalties on those who level up others' game characters for money. Those found guilty of levelling up others' MOBA and MMORPG characters can be fined $18,000 or sentenced to two years in prison.

But this did not deter cheaters:

A 28-year-old South Korean player faces one year in prison and two years of probation for hacking Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch.

The illegal activity earned him 200 million Korean won (almost $180,000).

Obviously, cheaters are motivated by money just as much as victory.

#gamer #malware #games #fraud

The Anti-virus Times recommends

Everyone understands that cheating at games is unethical. We'd just like to remind our readers that game cracks and other dubious utilities are often a source of malware infections. Gaming computers with powerful hardware and no anti-virus (because it impacts system performance) are tempting targets for rogue miners.

A Japanese man planted the Coinhive mining library into a game-cheating tool and made it available for download on his blog's page with the goal of mining Monero on other users' computers.


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