15 PUBG hackers arrested, fined $5 million


PUBG Corp has revealed that 15 people have been arrested for developing and selling hacking and cheat programs for the smash-hit Battle Royale game, and have been fined a cumulative total of more than $15 million. 

In a Steam Community post, PUBG Corp said: “On April 25th, 15 suspects were arrested for developing and selling hacking/cheating programs that affect PUBG. It was confirmed that malicious code, including Trojan horse software, was included in some of these programs and was used to steal user information.” 

The post also includes a quote from what PUBG Corp describes as: “The local authorities,” who are presumably Chinese, since they quote a figure in Renmimbi: “15 major suspects were arrested for developing hack programs, hosting marketplaces for hack programs, and brokering transactions. Currently the suspects have been fined approximately 30 million RNB ($5.1 million USD). Other suspects related to this case are still being investigated.”

PUBG Corp goes on to say: “The longstanding rumour that hacking/cheating programs extract information from users’ PCs has been confirmed to be true. Using illegal programs not only disrupts others, but can end up with you handing over your personal information. 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.”

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