Wargaming demands through the court the recovery of 670 million rubles from a cheats maker.
The “Cyber Tank” case has reached court, details have emerged, and the story itself has been made public in the federal media.
A precedent has been set in Russia for bringing to criminal responsibility any unauthorized interference (with the help of malware) in the gaming computer industry. Such popular online games as World of Tanks and World of Warships were hit by the alleged attacker. For several years on his website, Yekaterinburg native Andrey Kirsanov, according to police, managed to sell thousands of packages with bots and cheat programs that allowed users to gain unfair advantages over other players. The damage caused to the creators of the games is estimated at 670 million Russian rubles ($9,095,536).
The Cheremushkinsky District Court of Moscow has begun considering a criminal case against Yekaterinburg resident Andrey Kirsanov, accused of creating, using and distributing malicious computer programs (Part 2 of Article 273 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). This case is a precedent for Russia. In any case, before that, no one was brought to criminal responsibility for unauthorized interference in the gaming computer industry. Basically, according to this article of the Criminal Code, the defendants had to be responsible for attempts to hack the logins and passwords of users to log in to various Internet resources with the help of malware. In cases of this kind, the defendants managed to avoid real criminal responsibility — consideration in the courts ended, as a rule, with a suspended sentence or a fine.
It should be noted that initially the case against the defendant Kirsanov had to be heard in a special order, since during the investigation the defendant himself, who fully admitted guilt and repented of what he had done, petitioned for this. However, at the very first court hearing, Andrei Kirsanov, according to Kommersant, unexpectedly announced that he was withdrawing his confessions and would not admit guilt in the incriminated act. As a result, on December 27, 2021, the court will begin to examine this case in a general manner, with a study of all evidence, as well as interrogations of witnesses and victims. Mr. Kirsanov himself is on his own recognizance not to leave.
The criminal case, of which he turned out to be a person involved, was initiated by the Department of Internal Affairs for the South-Western Administrative District of Moscow in the spring of 2021 based on the materials of the office “K” of the Bureau of Special Technical Measures (BSTM) The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. The injured party in the case was recognized by the Belarusian company Wargaming, which is a publisher and developer of computer games, including the popular tank and marine online action games World of Tanks and World of Warships.
According to the company’s representatives, since the release of the games, a large number of malicious programs have been created for them that allow users to gain unfair advantages over other players — these are the so-called bots and cheats. According to Wargaming, some users lose interest in the game, including due to the fact that rivals use such malware.
According to the company’s representatives, only last year more than 10 thousand bots were banned from the game in World of Tanks.
As established by the staff of the BSTM of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, since 2015, bot and cheat programs for playing World of Tanks and World of Warships were traded through the sites Cyber Tank and Cyber Ship. After unauthorized interference in the program in a battle with an online opponent, the player could use the auto-aim or even put the game in auto mode. In the first case, the program itself found the most vulnerable points of the enemy. Because of this, the players who used the bot got an unfair advantage: it was not difficult for them to run into an opponent who played honestly and relied only on his skill. In the autoplay mode, the so-called bot took full control of the player’s vehicle and allowed him to “earn” experience and in-game currency in automatic mode. Depending on the number of fights, the price of the package on Andrey Kirsanov’s website varied from 25 rubles. (150 battles) up to 2125 rubles (15 thousand battles).
As a result, employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs conducted a verification of Cyber Tank and Cyber Ship programs via the Internet. According to the experts’ conclusion, both were malicious because they “led to the modification of computer information.”
Andrey Kirsanov was summoned for questioning first as a witness, but soon changed his status to the accused.
Nikita Kuznetsov, the legal representative of Wargaming, said that the injured party had prepared an expert examination that established damage in the amount of 670 million rubles.
“In court, we will petition to attach its results to the case file. Creating and selling programs that violate the rules of the games and their internal economy is the same crime as theft or fraud, and it needs to be countered in the legal field,” Nikita Kuznetsov added.
It was not possible to get comments from the defense of Andrey Kirsanov (the creator of “Cyber Tank”/”Cyber Ship”).
Source – wotclue