It’s been discovered that a game on Steam has been sneakily using players’ computers to mine cryptocurrency without the players’ consent, just proving that Steam’s new open nature is just pool for toxicity and exploit.
Recently Valve ditched all responsibility of its game platform Steam, saying that it’d no longer monitor which games appear on the platform unless they were “illegal” or “straight up trolling”. Since then the platform has been awash with asset flips, shitty quality games, and even the occasional ISIS Simulator, to name a few.
Now, seemingly innocent games are being added to the platform which has a hidden agenda. No, I’m not talking about EA with their microtransactions, I’m talking about a little game called Abstractism, which seems to be harnessing its players’ PCs to mine cryptocurrency.
The good news out of all of this is that the problem has been spotted and that was largely due to virus scanners flagging a process started by the game titled “steamservice.exe”. Ordinarily, steamservice.exe isn’t a problem as it’s the same name as Steam’s app, however, this executable is located within Steam’s folders.
The steamservice.exe which Abstractism is attempting to open is found in the game’s own folders, which most virus scanners are having a tizzy about. If it’s allowed to run, players’ PCs will begin to kick into overdrive as their GPU and CPU processes go through the roof.
To make matters worse, Abstractism isn’t only hijacking players’ processing power, the developer also seems to be operating a fraudulent game item ring specifically targeting rare items found in Team Fortress 2. It seems the developer has created a handful of fake items for Abstractism which look remarkably like high-value items found in Team Fortress 2.
Unfortunately for those keen to jump at a bargain, they quickly learn that the item is not only worthless, it’s for the game Abstractism, not Team Fortress 2, as one disappointed player learned for themselves. It seems the “scammer” messaged them in-game, meaning they were less likely to double check the item before embracing the chance to grab the rare item.
Other items being sold for the game are, as you’d expect, a little unsavory containing images of troll memes as well as items specifically to scam TF2 players.
What are your thoughts on this? Is Steam becoming a cesspool of shit, or is this just a rare occurrence that’s being blown out of proportion?