Don't use Hearthstone hacks if you value your privacy and Bitcoin [Update]

You might think you're getting away with something, but what's actually happening is far worse than earning more gold and dust.

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Update: In a statement submitted to Shacknews, Symantec clarified that it unintentionally displayed Hearthbuddy as a malicious add-on. The company only intended to display its image as an example, but says the software isn't inherently malicious. We've updated our story accordingly.

Original Story: While we wait for Blizzard to announce “What’s Next” for Hearthstone, it appears in a completely ironic twist, a new report has identified malware disguised as hacks, bots, and deck trackers for the game.

The report comes from security firm Symantec and even points out a number of particular applications, such as Hearthstone Hack Tool v2.1. The hack tool is being called a complete scam as it promises to give players more gold and dust, but it turns out, it carries a malware which steals a user's’ Bitcoin. 

If you’re using programs to cheat in Hearthstone and find yourself with a piece of malware, well, that’s pretty much on you. We recommend you play the game honestly, and if you need to use a hack, then you should maybe move on to another game as you’re completely missing the point of the fun of Hearthstone.

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    February 10, 2016 7:01 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Don't use Hearthstone hacks if you value your privacy and Bitcoin

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      February 10, 2016 7:04 AM

      Dishonest people don't discriminate who they're dishonest to, news at 11.

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      February 10, 2016 7:08 AM

      "if you need to use a hack, then you should maybe move on to another game as you’re completely missing the point of the fun of Hearthstone."

      That's a pretty condescending narrow-minded view and pretty surprising coming from someone who writes for a video game website. Video games are played by all manner of people for all manner of reasons and to so casually dismiss the reason some people play games shows a real contempt for the industry you write for.

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        February 10, 2016 7:10 AM

        Haxim gonna haxim

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        February 10, 2016 7:15 AM

        He's correct. If you are going to cheat at a multiplayer game, go play something else.

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          February 10, 2016 7:31 AM

          He's not correct. In his statement "you’re completely missing the point of the fun", "the fun" is entirely subjective, so some people absolutely are not "completely missing the point".

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            February 10, 2016 7:34 AM

            Fine. You're still a shitty person if your fun comes from cheating in a multiplayer game and should go play something else.

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            February 10, 2016 7:58 AM

            Never mind, you are correct. People like that deserve their pending identity theft.

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        February 10, 2016 7:06 PM

        Did I get off the train at Crazy and 5th Street or something? Are you attempting to defend people who use hacks in multiplayer games? I'm not sure how this can possibly be a sensible discussion..

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        February 10, 2016 7:16 PM

        my dude...

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      February 10, 2016 7:09 AM

      It's almost as though there is no honor among thieves!

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      February 10, 2016 7:14 PM

      Usually the tell of a bot is that they don't resign when obvious lethal is on board. 99% of human players do.