Hackers target online games firms

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A hacking group has been targeting game companies for years in order to steal source code, an antivirus report has found.

Thereport, by Kaspersky Lab, has found that a China-based group known as Winnti has been stealing source code and legitimate digital certificates for software using a trojan.

The antivirus maker investigated an infection at an unnamed game company and found malware had been created for a particular service on the company's server. This was one way that malicious software was being introduced to games.

This rogue can have an adverse impact on the games themselves, tilting the balance in favour of cheats.

The elements that the group has introduced to games may be unnoticeable to players, the report said.

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