15 arrested in connection with PUBG cheating programs

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Fifteen people suspected of developing and selling hacking programs affecting PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (opens in new tab) have been arrested and fined a combined total of $5.1m, developer Bluehole has announced.

Writing in a Steam post (opens in new tab), Bluehole said that other suspects are still being investigated, and that in the cases of those arrested, cheating programs included malicious code designed to steal user information. 

Local authorities working on the case, translated via Bluehole, said: "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 30m RNB ($5.1m USD). Other suspects related to this case are still being investigated.

"Some hack programs that are being distributed through the internet include 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.”

I can't find any currency that has the abbreviation RNB, so I presume it's actually supposed to be RMB, the abbreviation for renminbi, which is the official currency of China—the conversion is roughly right. It's not clear whether all the arrests were made in one country or not.

"We’ll continue to crack down on hacking/cheating programs, until our players are free to battle it out in a totally fair environment," Bluehole added. 

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.