Report: South Korean Government Cracks Down on Hacking

Report: South Korean Government Cracks Down on Hacking

If you make hack tools in South Korea, things could get a lot harder for you. The country’s government has passed an amendment to a law, in the hopes of promoting the burgeoning gaming scene. Because of this change, manufacturing and distributing programs that aren’t endorsed by the developer, or allowed by the Terms of Service, is considered illegal.

In a report from PVP Live, these changes could have very real consequences on offenders. If you break the law you could face five years of jail time, or as much as a $43,000 USD fine.

These changes come after Overwatch – Blizzard’s competitive, team-based shooter – took South Korea by storm. Hacking of that particular game is said to be rampant in the country. These changes also mean that developers like Blizzard can be more direct in their legal attacks, without resorting to things like copyright violations.

As Game Informer points out, these legal repercussions may also have positive effects on players around the world, especially in the case of Korean cheaters using VPNs to play on other servers.



 

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Comments Comments (9)

 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Tuesday 6 Dec 2016 10:11 AM
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Excellent. More countries should adopt a tougher stance on hacking in all its pathetic forms.
 
 
 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Tuesday 6 Dec 2016 10:31 AM
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Good idea especially for games that have a esports following. Rampant cheating can kill great games.
 
 
 
Posted by dontboszit
On Tuesday 6 Dec 2016 11:23 AM
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6 December 2016, 10:11 AM Reply to Nick2016NZ
Excellent. More countries should adopt a tougher stance on hacking in all its pathetic forms.
This is AWESOME


We do need more countries picking this up instead of us just reporting x,y,z players for hacking or botting in games them getting banned from a game to just make another account to do it all over, if there is a legal consequence it would scare some people off hacking as a whole.
 
 
 
Posted by ChieftaiNZ
On Tuesday 6 Dec 2016 12:03 PM
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But I just have a really good gaming chair and gaming headset.
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Tuesday 6 Dec 2016 3:14 PM
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Cheating is the worst thing.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Tuesday 6 Dec 2016 3:44 PM
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I heard a lot of Koreans were amazingly dedicated to gaming and many are in the pro scene.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Tuesday 6 Dec 2016 3:46 PM
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6 December 2016, 10:11 AM Reply to Nick2016NZ
Excellent. More countries should adopt a tougher stance on hacking in all its pathetic forms.
But we're New Zealand we have to ban games that are slightly inappropriate!

Gta is fine by our standards torture, sex, drugs and gang warfare, but it's all good! keeps the kids busy.
 
 
 
Posted by CloudAxel16
On Tuesday 6 Dec 2016 4:28 PM
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I can definitely see this become more common in the upcoming years. It is a really good idea.
 
 
 
Posted by Romulus
On Wednesday 7 Dec 2016 9:28 PM
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"Because of this change, manufacturing and distributing programs that aren’t endorsed by the developer, or allowed by the Terms of Service, is considered illegal." - This sounds like a good idea but wouldn't this also cover jail breaking your phone?