Abstractism Deny Wrongdoing As Steam Remove Illicit Miner From Gaming Platform
Just this morning we reported on a game, available via Steam that goes by the name of Abstractism. The game was designed to be a benign platform designed for procrastination and wasting time. After further investigation by YouTuber, SidAlpha, it transpires that the game actually contained an illicit cryptocurrency miner, that was abusing the processing powers of users computers to illegally mine cryptocurrencies.
“This is yet another example of how malicious mining is very easy to integrate into everyday activities. Seemingly normal downloads and applications can conceal illicit cryptocurrency miners that are designed to utilise your computing power. Not only will this slow your machine down, it also increases your energy usage and thus, increases your energy bills. These scams are so successful as, as you can see from this example, the malware is so easy to hide, yet so hard to detect.”
Since the reports surfaced, Steam have now made efforts to remove the game from their platform, yet in doing so, they have revealed something even move concerning. It seems that the game had actually been been built to encourage users to play the game very frequently, and even leave the game open during periods of downtime. The purpose of this, was to ensure that the game was live for the longest time possible, giving the algorithms more time and more opportunity to illegally mine more cryptocurrency. Moreover, the game has also been found to directly scammed users out of their own money too. According to The Next Web:
“Under further scrutiny, it became evident that even the game mechanics were focused around encouraging users to either play the game frequently,