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NJ settles Bitcoin case vs. online gaming co.


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has reached a $1 million settlement with an online video gaming company accused of infecting thousands of computers with malicious software and mining for electronic currency.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman says E-Sports Entertainment of Commack, N.Y., took control of the computers, monitored what users were doing and illegally mined for the e-currency Bitcoin.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Hoffman says E-Sports seized control of about 14,000 computers in New Jersey and nationwide and made about $3,500 in illegally obtained Bitcoins.

The company provides anti-cheat gaming services to people who download software that costs $6.95 a month.

A message left at E-Sports headquarters was not immediately returned.

As part of the agreement, the company must not provide customers with services that are downloaded without their consent.