The reports say the South Korean Overwatch hacker made around $180,000 by selling the program
A South Korean Overwatch hacker has been arrested and sentenced a one-year prison sentence and a two-year probation. As reported by SBS news, the 28-year-old hacker had made over 200 million won, or $180,000 by selling the program. The hacker had allegedly posted advertisement on his website for the program, which could be downloaded after paying. The court said that he had gained the large amount of profit due to the long duration and the number of sales made.
But this is not the first time a hacker has been arrested. Two other Overwatch hackers were sentenced earlier this year, both from South Korea. One of them received a two year probation and the other a $10,000 fine. The punishment was harsher in this case due to the large amount of profit made from hacking.
South Korea had earlier passed the law against hacking, the Game Industry Promotion Law and Information and Communication Technology Protection Law. The law was passed in 2016, which criminalizes creation of hacking or cheating software.
Blizzard has been working with Seoul National Police Agency to catch illegal programmers and hackers in South Korea. Blizzard has changed the way Overwatch is accessed through PC Bangs in South Korea (via Dot Esports). Now players will have to enter a Korean social security number to log in to Overwatch without a license. Players using foreign Battle.net accounts will have to get a paid license for Overwatch to access it in PC Bangs. Using PC Bangs to cheat made tracing the accounts a bit difficult, hence the changes.
But it is not just Blizzard that has been taking strict action against cheaters. Earlier this year, PUBG hackers from China were arrested too.