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Anti-cheating company gets caught cheating, settles for $1M

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A maker of anti-cheating software for online gaming was, well, cheating.

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman, the Division of Law and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced today E-Sports Entertainment, LLC, has entered into a $1 million settlement to avoid charges of unlawful access to user computers and customer fraud.

The company, a provider of software to alert users when other players in online games may be cheating, apparently installed software on its customers' computers to monitor them.

It also sent instructions to all infected computers to assist in mining Bitcoins, a virtual currency obtained via powerful computing and, well, lots of waiting. ABC News has a good write-up on bitcoins here.

The E-Sports settlement is a good reminder for consumers to be careful about what we install on our computers, and for businesses to think twice about whether their shady and totally self-contradictory practices are flying under the legal radar.

In this case, they weren't, and it was an expensive mistake for the foolish company.

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