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Steam Game Caught Mining Crypto

A Steam game has been caught secretly forcing user’s computers to mine cryptocurrency, yet another incident that will damage Valve’s reputation and make DRM-submissive gamers once again question their process of approving games.

The culprit game, “Abstractism” (a platformer), had been receiving a flood of negative reviews, with some claiming that the game installed a virus disguised as a “steam.exe” process along with malware – screenshots:

One individual did further research and concluded that the viruses might have been cryptocurrency mining software:

The game’s heavy use of CPU and GPU was one hint toward this conclusion, which numerous players have been reporting, though the game’s developer – Okalo Union – believed that this was due to players having “high graphics settings” even though the title was a simple platformer that apparently had low system requirements.

A recent news post from the developer also added further suspicion as it encouraged that players keep the game running all day for item drops, and to be in-game once the drop limit is reset.

Even more concrete however is the developer directly admitting to his misdeeds, though the comment has since been deleted:

In addition to mining cryptocurrency, the developer had been introducing Steam community items to the game that completely replicated the appearance of rare Team Fortress 2 items, causing one unlucky soul to get scammed in a trade:

Abstractism has since been removed, but given past controversies and some seemingly unkept promises, this occurrence will likely only drag Valve’s name even further through the mud…

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  • Only 100 bucks to publish a trojan/data miner/keylogger. Just pretend it’s a denuvo like security program so people that are warned of it think it’s ok.

    You people didn’t like Greenlight, so this is what you get.

  • Valve just needs to have quality control, is that so hard for a company such as them?
    And while they’re at it, please remove Mineirinho Ultra Adventures and all other games from the same developer. As a Brazilian, these put shame to our country, especially with the creator charging money for them and attacking anyone who complains about the quality of them.

  • Valve being sht as usual. Also from pcgamer pcgamer.com/a-steam-game-was-being-used-to-scam-people-with-fake-dota-2-items
    Jul 30
    “A Steam game was being used to scam people with fake Dota 2 items
    Dota 2
    A group of scammers used a shoddy game to sell fake Dragonclaw Hooks.
    An awful-looking game called Climber recently vanished from Steam after several Dota 2 players reported they’d been scammed by Climber users pawning lookalike items.

    The scam revolved around a Dota 2 item called the Dragonclaw Hook. The genuine Dragonclaw Hook is an immortal-rarity item for the hero Pudge. It was briefly available in early 2013 and can no longer be obtained outside of the Steam Community Market, where it can fetch upwards of $800. ”
    “Notably, this whole mess comes weeks after Valve announced that it will no longer police what’s on Steam unless it’s illegal or “straight-up trolling.”

  • Honestly it wouldn’t surprise me if those greedy kikes at Valve eventually put a crypto miner in their client. Them ditching 32 bit Linux support and finally ending XP support soon (thus removing old low end machines from the client pool that would notice it) could be the beginning.

  • You people got fucked in the ass quite likely, more times than you’re well aware of it.
    The very fact that you’re getting done in by some crap-tier indie, from publisher nobody ever heard about, is valid proof of that.

    Gaben is just one person.
    Between ranting gamers, real gamers, greedy companies (publishers ects) and law enforcing agencies (all the jumbo we hate so much, with censorship, regional licenses ects), all social minorities being offended by anything and demanding justice, and 3rd party scammers.
    There’s only so much he can do.
    It’s either Steam, which starts to resemble eBay, or you can go to GoG which will tell you to fuck off, if something doesn’t work, or try your luck with Origin, which is like anal-probe for your wallet.
    Universal rule..the bigger something is, the harder it becomes to control it properly.

    I can only advise you to stop buying random stuff, simply because you can afford it.

      • well games can be cheaper on pc than consoles games which are almost always overpriced bullshit. So dependable on how many games you want you may actually get through cheaper buying pc games than console and games. Especially pc for older games you can get very cheap and even some not so old ones have sales that make them cheaper.

        • ‘well games can be cheaper on pc than consoles games which are almost always overpriced bullshit’
          Don’t mix actually purchased console games and ‘borrow it al for 5$ on steam ‘

          • Why do you speak about steam. There is GOG and if you buy games there you actually get installers you can save somewhere forever and install those games drm-free it’s like actually keeping the game instead of steam where they can always remove games if they want.
            You can download those installers as long as you bought the game and GOG still exists. If GOG dissapears one day then you still have the installers of those games until where you saved those installers device or media malfunctions unless you keep backing it up.

        • Or putting a twist on things, having games so cheap could make you more inclined to buy a lot of them, even if they just sit in your queue and you never touch them again; the multiple small purchases would eventually add up. Meanwhile, having expensive console games could give you more reason to save your money and only buy games which you’ll actually play.

          • 06:54 Nowadays it’s very hard to get infected with viruses unless you intended to get infected. Cracked games even more so if you only choose the well know release from warez groups or trusted websites. If you somehow still infected wit viruses then you clearly a moron.

          • Sure enjoy your viruses and malware,but what i am saying i was pirate once too now i rarely pirate only if truly unavailable games and i really didn’t get any viruses back in the day, actually i only got one virus 10 years ago but that wasn’t because of games. It’s really not that expensive to buy games on GOG.
            And i want to reward them for their drm-free stance even though i am quite the cheapskate lol.

      • Was the smiley face really necessary? You almost sound happy that travesty happened. Getting your data nicked and your system compromised isn’t pleasant, no matter what system you’re on.

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