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E-Sports company fined $1 million for developing a Bitcoin botnet with players’ computers

on November 22, 2013

Gigaom

The New Jersey Attorney General has fined online video gaming company E-Sports Entertainment for exposing its players, who utilize the service to play “anti-cheat” CounterStrike competitions, to code that turned their computers into rogue Bitcoin miners, according to Wired.  The Attorney General’s statement said that the malicious code came in an update package, infecting up to 14,000 computers and allowing ESEA to monitor gamers’ computers and use them to mine a total of 30 Bitcoins.  In addition to the Attorney General’s fine, the company faces a class-action suit in California.

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