A VIDEO GAMES FIRM will pay a $1m settlement to resolve allegations that it infected personal computers with malware that illegally turned them into bitcoin miners.
The US based firm E-Sports Entertainment is the subject of a press release from New Jersey Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.
"This is an important settlement for New Jersey consumers. These defendants illegally hijacked thousands of people's personal computers without their knowledge or consent, and in doing so gained the ability to monitor their activities, mine for virtual currency that had real dollar value, and otherwise invade and damage their computers," said Hoffman.
"This case should serve as a message that we are committed to protecting New Jersey consumers, and that we will hold accountable anyone who seeks to exploit them through misleading claims, deceptive practices or the invasion of their computer privacy,"
E-Sports Entertainment did not agree with all that the acting attorney general had to say, but admitted to working with law enforcement in its investigations.
"We want to make it clear to our community that we do not agree with the Attorney General's account of the Bitcoin incident," it said in a statement.
"The settlement that was signed makes explicitly clear that we do not agree, nor do we admit, to any of the State of New Jersey's allegations. The press release issued by the Attorney General about our settlement represents a deep misunderstanding of the facts of the case, the nature of our business, and the technology in question."
It has parted with an employee about Bitcoin mining, and said that it will act to prevent such things from happening again. As part of the cleanup it will carry out regular audits.
"Additionally, regular audits will be conducted by a third party specialist in order to ensure that we maintain a secure environment and protect your privacy."
E-Sports co-founder Eric Thunberg and E-Sports software engineer Sean Hunczak are named as parties to the settlement. µ
It's the week in Google news
Erik Estrada wouldn't have stood for this
Hacks in support of WikiLeaks founder target gov websites