01 May '13, 5pm

Gaming site, E-Sports Entertainment (ESEA), hijacks players' computers to mine Bitcoin to the tune of $3,602.21

Gaming site, E-Sports Entertainment (ESEA), hijacks players' computers to mine Bitcoin to the tune of $3,602.21

Thanks to an April Fools' joke gone wrong, members of one of the world's most popular competitive gaming sites just spent the past two weeks mining Bitcoin . E-Sports Entertainment (ESEA) runs competitions in games like Starcraft 2, Counter-Strike, and League of Legends for a community of nearly 600,000 gamers. The site is also known for its anti-cheating software, trusted to protect players and keep tournaments fair. But as an April 1st gag, a couple of ESEA administrators infected that software with a process that would secretly put users' computers to work generating Bitcoin . At the time, the virtual currency was trading at nearly $200. “We ran the test for a few days on our accounts, decided it wasn't worth the potential drama, and pulled the plug, or so we thought,” wrote ESEA cofounder Eric Thunberg. Earlier this week, players running the ESEA anti-cheat client star...

Full article: http://www.dailydot.com/entertainment/esea-bitcoin-mining...

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