It’s been a wild week for hackers making off with online game studios’ non-public information and utilizing publishers’ providers for their very own achieve. However this time, it’s a serious studio accused of doing the hacking. A bunch of Future 2 cheat makers are suing Bungie for hacking into certainly one of their computer systems. They’re searching for a trial by jury, damages, court docket charges, and for Bungie to destroy the information that it acquired from the hacks.
AimJunkies is an internet site that sells dishonest software program for first-person shooters comparable to Apex Legends, the Battlefield sequence, Counter-Strike: International Offensive, and Future 2. It’s owned by Phoenix Digital Group, which has been battling ongoing copyright lawsuits from Bungie since final yr.
As initially noticed by Torrent Freak, the countersuit claims that Bungie had accessed and downloaded information on the private laptop of defendant James Could, who Bungie says is a third-party cheat developer, with out “information or authorization” between 2019 and 2021. As proof, the defendants pointed to the Bungie Manufacturing Doc that had been entered into discovery in the course of the ongoing lawsuits, with file location names that come from Could’s non-public onerous drive. Kotaku reached out to Phoenix Digital Group to ask concerning the contents of the hacked information, however didn’t obtain a reply by the point of publication.
Phoenix Digital Group argued that Bungie used the knowledge it obtained to “conduct additional surveillance” on the group, and cites the Laptop Fraud and Abuse Act within the lawsuit. Torrent Freak reported that the 2019 consumer settlement for Future 2 didn’t present Bungie with permission to entry gamers’ private information. Kotaku reached out to Bungie for remark, however didn’t obtain a response by the point of publication.
Phoenix Digital Group additionally claims that an agent of Bungie bought AimJunkies cheat software program in 2020. The lawsuit states that Bungie violated AimJunkies’ phrases of service by decompiling and reverse-engineering the code.
It’s ironic that the cheat makers are utilizing Bungie’s personal court docket filings to make their countersuit. Simply final month, Phoenix Digital Group stated in a press launch: “Don’t imagine all the things you learn in [Bungie’s] filings. Actually, don’t imagine 90% of what they assert of their filings.”