Developers and distributors of PUBG hacks arrested in China

15 people suspected to be involved with the development and distribution of hacking programs for Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds were arrested earlier this month.

According to a post from PUBG Corp, ‘on April 25th, 15 suspects were arrested for developing and selling hacking/cheating programs that affect PUBG.’ The company supposedly worked with local authorities in China to apprehend those involved. According to those authorities, collective fines range up to more than approximately $6.7 million AUD.

The following is translated information from the Chinese authorities:

’15 major suspects including “OMG”, “FL”, “火狐”, “须弥” and “炎黄” were arrested for developing hack programs, hosting marketplaces for hack programs, and brokering transactions. Currently, the suspects have been fined approximately 30mil RNB ($5.1mil USD). Other suspects related to this case are still being investigated.

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 hacking program
PUBG hacking program. Source: gamebyte.com

Some more incentive not to buy hacks is that unwanted or malicious software such as virus’ are often included. The Huigezi Trojan horse virus mentioned above was used to steal information from the users. Not only are these hackers paying for these programs, they’re also giving out their personal information. So it’s a lose-lose for everyone except the makers, until now.

While this is is good news for the game and it’s players, as it may reduce the number of hackers present in PUBG, it will not remove them entirely.

PUBG Corp continues to work towards improving their anti-cheat to improve the players’ experience. Many players have given up trying to play after constant run-ins with these hackers and cheaters that it became unplayable. The region lock issue still cannot be solved as easily as players might hope, as VPN’s exist. Best efforts are still limited to ping based matchmaking which has shown results but is not a complete fix. With the majority of hackers banned by Battleye hailing from China, hopefully, these arrests may discourage others from continuing the practice.

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