It’s a strange world we live in where cheating in video games can get you fined and arrested. Yet, here we are! Earlier this year, 120 suspects were apprehended by Chinese authorities, in relation to the creation and distribution of PUBG cheats. Now, 15 more have been rounded up, along with a whopping fine of 30 million yuan ($6.24 million).
According to a post by PUBG Corporation’s Ryan Rigney, the arrests were made in China a few days ago, on April 25, targeting those involved in “developing and selling hacking/cheating programs that affect PUBG“.
But there’s a bit more to it than just aimbots and wall hacks. Rigney revealed that these programs contain malicious code, designed to install backdoors and steal user information:
The longstanding rumor 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.
Regardless of your opinion on cheating in online games, I think we can all agree swapping your identity and banking details for a few extra headshots is a really, really crap deal.