PUBG Crackdown: 141 Chinese Hackers Arrested For Creating Cheats

Cheaters in PUBG may get banned, but cheat creators stand a very good chance of facing the long arm of the law.


One of the biggest problems faced by massively popular shooters like PUBG is the swarm of players who simply refuse to play by the rules. Cheaters have been annoying gamers for decades, but with games in the battle royale genre, the potential for disruption is massive — so massive that PUBG's Chinese distributor Tencent has been seeking out users creating and selling illegal cheats, indicating that 141 different hackers have been arrested to date.

The report from the original Chinese source states that in addition to 141 arrests, police have also seized over 200 individual pieces of hardware as evidence, such as laptops, mobile phones, and other PC components. According to an early report from Bloomberg on the matter, many of the PUBG cheats that were created also contained a trojan virus so that the creators could gain access to victim's systems and presumably do nefarious things with their personal information.

Those who might think that cheating is no big deal should think again — various reports touch on the surprising amount of money to be made in creating and selling cheats to desperate players, and seeing just how popular PUBG is now, there's a lot of potential for profit. Still, it should go without saying — don't make cheats, don't buy cheats, and don't use cheats, or you'll face the consequences.

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