In Continuing PUBG Cheat Purge, 15 Suspects Arrested and Fined Over $5 Million

If this doesn't deter cheat software creators and cheaters themselves, what will?

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Cheating is the one major blemish on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds that just won't go away, but PUBG Corp continues to attempt to tackle the problem. The team released an update on PUBG anti-cheat efforts and this one will possibly dissuade others in a big way. On April 25, 15 suspects accused of creating hack programs, hosting marketplaces for hacks, and brokering hack transactions were arrested and fined a collective estimate of $5.1 million.

In the post on Steam, PUBG Corp escalated the threat against cheating by revealing that it has been confirmed that hacking/cheating programs extract information from users' PCs. To explain this another way, the charges levied against anyone using this type of software won't just be limited to cheating or manipulating a company's intellectual property. Identity theft could become a part of the equation, may already be for some of those arrested, and this revelation should deter major cheaters and the supplier of the software those cheaters use more than the bans from PUBG that have been reported in previous months.

As far as arrests go, more could be coming soon. The translated information in the Steam post says that "other suspects related to this case are still being investigated." Epic Games, PUBG Corp's most significant peer in the battle royale arena, has also taken Fortnite cheaters to court. Stay tuned for more updates from Shacknews.

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    May 1, 2018 11:45 AM

    Charles Singletary posted a new article, In Continuing PUBG Cheat Purge, 15 Suspects Arrested and Fined Over $5 Million

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      May 1, 2018 11:57 AM

      Awesome! Looks like they got hit hard b cause the hack programs also mined cheaters PCs for personal info hahaha.

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      May 1, 2018 12:01 PM

      I mean, I think that stopping cheating is a good thing. Its something that should absolutely be done. But we're putting folks in prison now for that? For cheating in an online vidya game?

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        May 1, 2018 1:31 PM

        This is against the producers and distributors of the hacking software.

        For intentionally damaging a product worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and also performing cyber crime against the users of your software? Don't forget the potential loss of sales of future products due to user aggravation from hackers within PUBG. Yeah, they deserve severe punishment. Video game developers deserve the same protection as any product developer.

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        May 1, 2018 1:53 PM

        Read the article

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      May 1, 2018 1:57 PM

      This *must* have been serious stuff, if CHINA is cracking down on cheats.