02 May '13, 10am

Employee creates Bitcoin botnet to exploit ESEA's 500,000-member gaming community

Employee creates Bitcoin botnet to exploit ESEA's 500,000-member gaming community

The ESEA gaming network has been exploiting its users' powerful graphics cards to mine Bitcoins without their knowledge. The mining began on April 13th and affected thousands of gamers, who unwittingly mined over $3,700 worth of the currency. ESEA, which describes itself as "the largest competitive video gaming community in North America," wasn't aware that the Bitcoin mining was taking place, and blames the behavior on a rogue employee out for personal gain. The full story on how and why the Bitcoin-mining software made its way to users' computers isn't yet available, but ESEA had been exploring the idea of adding a Bitcoin mining option to its client. The idea was canned on April 12th, but the next day, the rogue employee secretly distributed the mining code without permission. The company quickly stopped the behavior after it was exposed by user on the gaming network's ...

Full article: http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/2/4292672/esea-gaming-netw...

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