NJ Reaches $1M Settlement With Video Gaming Co.

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013  |  Updated 3:48 PM EDT
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NJ Reaches $1M Settlement With Video Gaming Co.

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New Jersey has reached a $1 million settlement with an online video gaming company accused of infecting thousands of computers with malicious software and mining for electronic currency.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman says E-Sports Entertainment of Commack, N.Y. took control of the computers, monitored what users were doing and illegally mined for the e-currency Bitcoin.
 
In a statement issued Tuesday, Hoffman says E-Sports seized control of about 14,000 computers in New Jersey and nationwide and made about $3,500 in illegally obtained Bitcoins.
 
The company provides anti-cheat gaming services to people who download software that costs $6.95 a month.
 
A message left at E-Sports headquarters was not immediately returned.
 
As part of the agreement, the company must not provide customers with services that are downloaded without their consent.

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