ESEA, a renowned gaming company, has recently admitted that one of their rogue employees was hijacking into league members’ PCs to mine Bitcoins illegally, generating about 30 BTC, or about $3,800.
“What transpired in the past two weeks is a case of an employee acting on his own and without authorization to access our community through our company’s resources” confirmed ESEA Co-Founder Craig Levine in reply to such eye-raising event.
The unauthorized Bitcoin mining first came into light when users started complaining that their ESEA “anti-cheat” software was generating antivirus warnings, computer crashes, untimed hassling, and other problems. One of the users further reported his graphic processor utilizing most of the power even when idle. “Turns out for the past 2 days, my computer has been farming bitcoins for someone in the ESEA community,” the person with the user name ENJOY ESEA SHEEP wrote.
The events continued to occur even when another user posted evidence of the ESEA software client, along with the Bitcoin code. The user, to his intelligence, further provided the method to check and see if his computer is running the secret algorithm within the ESEA software followed by which the online gaming company rushed to the conclusion over all the issues.
“So first the bad news, this is way more shady than I originally thought, and as the person who is ultimately responsible for everything it’s 100% my fault,” wrote Eric Thunberg, Co-Founder of ESEA while replacing his previous claim that the problem is nothing but an April Fool prank.
Meanwhile, Levine supported his colleague by stating, ““It was posted based on inaccurate information Eric got at the time. Upon our further investigation, the situation obviously turned out to be more severe that we were initially led on to believe.”
“ESEA has made sure that all Bitcoin mining has stopped. ESEA is also in the process of taking all necessary steps internally to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again”, assures Levine.
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