A group of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) hackers were recently arrested by the Chinese government for creating hack programs for the popular battle royale title. The arrest, which was made in collaboration with the game’s creator, PUBG Corp, rounded up 15 suspects.
According to the developer’s post on Steam, the charges laid upon the suspects include the development and selling of hacking and cheating programs that gave players an advantage in-game. In addition to the charges, the suspects were also slapped with a massive fine of US$5.1 million (~RM20 million).
“Some hack programs that are being distributed through the internet includes a Huigezi Trojan horse*(Chinese backdoor) virus. It was proven that hack developers used this virus to control users’ PC, scan their data, and extract information illegally,” PUBG Corp said in its post on Steam.
The PUBG Corp. is no stranger to hackers and cheaters. It has taken several measures to ensure both a fair gameplay and experience, even going so far as to try and ban cheaters from playing before they are even able to join. Despite its best efforts, however, the game’s coding and script still are peppered with exploits and flaws.