‘Gaming Gone Wrong’ from gamer’s to thieves
A group of Call of Duty players steal more than $3million in cryptocurrency. They hacked into cryptocurrency wallets of the victims after gaining access to their cell phones. One of the members got arrested by authorities after suspicion of being the part of the group who mastermind a scheme to steal more than $3 million in cryptocurrency.
Chicago Sun-Times revealed details about a cryptocurrency hacking scheme a group of Call of Duty players allegedly carried out.
According to the outlet, who cited unsealed court documents, the gamers were allegedly able to access cryptocurrency wallets in order to steal funds after gaining access to a cell phone.
The Chicago Sun-Times noted that those involved in the cryptocurrency theft ring “don’t appear to have been charged with any crimes,” but are suspected of stealing more than $3.3 million dollar’s worth of cryptocurrency.
One man from Bloomington who was allegedly involved in the activity told FBI official how he met other conspirators while playing Call of Duty the globally popular simulated warfare game in which participants can chat with each other via in-game voice chat.
The man said he was forced to participate after some of those involved “swatted” him.
An FBI affidavit says that after intimidating the man to participating, he allegedly helped the group gain control of more than 100 different phones, so the thieves could steal cryptocurrency.