Yesterday the team of Prospectors, a multiplayer game that runs on the EOS blockchain, announced that some users, in order to gain advantages in the game, have made use of bots and that the related software required to give up their private keys to operate and interact with the video game.
The use of bots is a practice that some players employ to perform certain repetitive actions over time: the game requires to perform an action manually after a few minutes to be able to move forward in the game, a very tedious operation that involves a considerable amount of time.
To mitigate the problem, the platform has changed the access system from the previous one, which used the V3 version of Google captcha, to the current version V2 so as to prevent the bot from continuing to operate.
Unfortunately, however, the Prospectors team was not able to operate in time and shortly before the change the user accounts had already been drained of the PGL tokens.
The bot, in fact, required the private keys of the accounts, so it was actually used as malware to steal players’ funds.
As can be seen in the chart below, there has in fact been a significant drop in-game activity in recent days.