‘PUBG’ Devs Arrest & Fine 15 Cheat & Hack Makers for Stealing User Info

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds fans have been frustrated by the game’s overwhelmingly large population of cheaters. In a blog post Friday afternoon, the development team at PUBG Corporation announced it’s taking extreme measures to promote fair play and secure the personal information of its users.

On April 25, just days before the post’s publish date, PUBG Corp reports that 15 suspects were arrested for developing and selling programs used to cheat or hack in PUBG. The following was translated from local authorities on the case:

"Fifteen 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 $5.1 million. Other suspects related to this case are still being investigated.

“Some hack programs that are being distributed through the internet include a Huigezi Trojan horse virus. It was proven that hack developers used this virus to control users’ PC, scan their data and extract information illegally.”

PUBG players and developers have previously expressed fears that associated hacking tools might be used to compromise user data, and it appears those concerns were warranted. The blog post does not go into detail with regard to the nature of the information these hackers may have had access to, but it’s highly advised that all PUBG players remove cheating or hacking software from their PCs immediately.

For its part, PUBG Corp states “we’ve upgraded our security measures, improved our anti-cheat solutions and recently even added a new anti-cheat solution” in addition to the aforementioned legal efforts. “We’ll continue to crack down on hacking/cheating programs (and their creators) until our players are free to battle it out in a totally fair environment,” the developers affirm.

PUBG shoot hacks ‘PUBG’ cheat and hack makers are in the crosshairs of the game’s developers. PUBG Corporation

PUBG ’s cheating problem has bogged down the game since it amassed a large community of players last summer, and PUBG Corp has been fighting for fair play the entire time. In February of this year, anti-cheat service provider BattlEye confirmed it had banned over 1 million PUBG cheaters in the preceding month alone. While PUBG’s security measures occasionally go too far, it’s at least partially done in the name of making sure breaches like these never occur. It’s hard to know which tools these developers make by name alone, so we advise extreme caution when installing or purchasing all third-party PUBG applications in the future.

Game makers and publishers have long been at war with hackers for reasons beyond player safety as well. Especially in PUBG’s case, the game’s audience size has decreased in part because cheating ensures the game is no longer fun to play. As third-party app members seek monetary rewards for harmful products based on properties they don’t own, taking legal action to stop hackers can be about preserving brand reputation as well.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available now on PC and in Game Preview on Xbox One.

How do you feel about PUBG Corp levying huge fines on cheaters and cheat sellers? Is this truly a selfless move on behalf of the game’s developers? Tell us in the comments section.

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