09 Jul '13, 10am

Rogue Employee Fired for Turning Game Network Into Bitcoin Mining Colony

An unidentified staffer at the ESEA gaming network has been fired for allegedly turning the company’s software into a secret Bitcoin-mining Trojan. In April, ESEA (the E-Sports Entertainment Association) admitted that its software — which serious Counter-Strike players use to play each other in anti-cheating modes — had been altered to secretly mine Bitcoins. At the time, ESEA blamed an unidentified staffer. Now, as the company faces a class action lawsuit, it says that employee has been axed. “The person responsible for releasing the unauthorized Bitcoin mining code has been terminated,” said ESEA co-founder Craig Levine in an email message. “We have been dealing with the entire situation in a responsible fashion to remedy those impacted and take steps to prevent this from happening again.” Class action lawyers are trying to help them out. Last week they filed a lawsuit a...

Full article: http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/07/esea-2/

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