Steam Game That Used Players’ Computers to Mine Cryptocurrency Removed

A game published on Steam has been accused of mining cryptocurrency without user consent, Eurogamer reported.

YouTuber SidAlpha has apparently discovered that the game Abstractism is, in fact, a cryptojacker delivering software posing as a "trivial platformer". The titles were removed last September following verification that the developers manipulated the Steam Marketplace.

"We have removed Abstractism and banned its developer from Steam for shipping unauthorized code, trolling with content, and scamming customers with deceptive in-game items", the company said in a statement.

One player purchased what was marketed as a rare rocket launcher from Team Fortress 2 that featured an identical thumbnail and description as that of the official item. Which a user traded for under the assumption that it wasn't, well, worthless. Initially, the now deleted comment stated, "Bitcoin is outdated".

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Okalo Union attempted to explain reports of the game consuming a large portion of CPU and graphics processing power by saying it happens when players use Abstractism's "high graphics settings".

In addition, a suspiciously named "SteamService.exe" file in the Abstractism's directory reportedly set off many antimalware services for allowing "remote execution of commands", which would be necessary for communicating with a cryptocurrency platform (this shouldn't be confused with the legitimate SteamService.exe executable, which exists in a different folder).

Okalo Union encouraged players to keep the game running in the background of their other tasks at all times, which is an efficient method of giving hackers more time to mine.

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