02 May '13, 11pm

Bitcoin scam turns online gamers into unwitting accomplices

Devin Coldewey , NBC News – 1 hr. Bitcoin scam turns online gamers into unwitting accomplices ESEA The ESEA client, in which was hidden a Bitcoin mining program. Advertise | AdChoices Advertise | AdChoices It's a thoroughly 21st-century heist: An online gaming service secretly leveraged thousands of users' computers to acquire money in the form of online-only crypto-currency Bitcoin. E-Sports Entertainment (ESEA) is an established gaming league that hosts tournaments in games such as "Team Fortress 2," "Counter-Strike" and "League of Legends." Players can compete for prizes and prestige, and as with any e-sport, must submit to running a piece of software provided by the ESEA that watches for cheating and other issues. Earlier in the year, ESEA was experimenting with integrating Bitcoin "mining" with the software client — meaning that the user could opt to have their machin...

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