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Steam Removes Abstractism, A Game That Mined Cryptocurrency in The Background

With the popularity and the fame that cryptocurrencies are experiencing right now, it also comes those who want to profit from harming others and taking advantage of the decentralized characteristic of these new forms of money. This time it was the company that developed Abstractism, a game that was listed on Steam, one of the most popular online game store and community in the whole world. The game had to be removed from the store because it was using the computers of the players to mine cryptocurrency, a thing that is commonly called crypto jacking.
Abstractism is an indie platformer that features simple graphics and it is presented as a relaxing game very useful to burn time, but the community started to have its doubts about it because the game used too many resources for a platformer in its style. Also, Okalo Union, the company that developed the game, encouraged players to keep the game running even in the background as a way of getting more in-game time to earn more items, a thing that is highly suspicious because according to some players the game kept using high processing percentages even in that state.
Steam has removed the game from its platform due to shipping “unauthorized code”, according to Kotaku, but it is clear that the team in charge of approving games to be listed and offered in their store missed badly this time, allowing customers computers to be misused by this unethical developer.
Cryptojacking is becoming one of the most common crimes in the world of cryptocurrencies, due to the relative ease of the attackers to embed the mining code in every app or game that can be then be distributed over the internet. While the cryptocurrency being mined this time was not disclosed, most of the times it is a privacy and anonymity based currency called Monero, that permits the attacker to shield itself from being detected. It is clear that app stores and markets are having a hard time detecting malicious apps, and will have to ramp up security in the near future to avoid incidents like this one.

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