Watch Dogs torrent secretly installing a Bitcoin miner on thousands of computers

Gamecrastinate- A pirate's life for me? Well, certainly for somebody out there. If you’ve been around the world of piracy for more than about a day you’re probably already familiar with the fact that sometimes they come bundled with viruses. Well the latest trend in viruses is secret Bitcoin miners, and it seems that somebody jumped on the Watch Dogs hype train to make some quick coin. Seems almost fitting considering the theme of the game, though the irony is probably not as entertaining if you’ve fallen victim to the hack.

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3-4-51457d ago

Bitcoin Miner's Slow your computer down.

Will NOT be buying this game for PC.

xtremexx1457d ago

huh? i dont think you understand what is going on here.

Rainbowcookie1457d ago

Just buy a better graphics card and add more ram ...lolz or re-read the article

georgeenoob1457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )

Ahh, Bitcoins. I remember when I used to buy them for 20 a piece a year ago. Now I need a tenth of that to get the same value!

SilentCabose1457d ago

I hope your realize that the virus is installed with the pirated version of the game...

LordDhampire1457d ago

3-4-5, I hope that was sarcasm or you shouldn't be on the internet

mochachino1457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )

Lol 3-4-5

My first thought after reading your comment was you sitting at your computer like:

3-4-51457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )

Your correct, I completely misread that early and now much shame is upon me. lol

Not sure how I missed the Torrent part. o well.

frankiebeans1457d ago

with all due're stupid.

3-4-51457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )

Pretend the word torrent wasn't there and then look at my comment.

I simply overlooked the word. Random mistake.

The meme was the only decent comment.

I GET it. lol. it was stupid.

Jonny5isalive1457d ago

then you should pirate it for sure......

system221456d ago

umm what? this is what happens when you pirate the game, not buy it retail

Everlastingfate1456d ago

Hopefully 3-4-5 doesn't make all of his purchasing decisions based on how he misreads the titles of articles. He didn't even take one peak inside the article. Heck, he didn't even read the article description before making up his mind. He read only the title, and he did a lousy job of it.

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Qrphe1457d ago

There isn't only one WD tprrent btw. Several are already playing this game without hiccups.

Gamecrastinate1457d ago

Absolutely, I took a look around various sites and there are a number of legit versions. There's also a number of tainted copies, I found at least one that wasn't pretending to be SKIDROW that was also reported as infected.

Sethry1011457d ago

So the one from SKIDROW's site is clean?

I ask for a friend. ;)

MRMagoo1231457d ago

proper skidrows are always clean, just dont let your "friend" get one that is a repack of skidrow, at least thats what my "friend" told me cos "his" pc version is infection free

frostypants1457d ago

Anyone who downloads a pirated game deserves far worse than this. You guys deserve to have your drive wiped.

I_AM_ CANADIAN_19891457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )

Anyone that is stupid enough for just shelling out 65 dollar on a ubi game before first finding out if it even runs and how exactly bad of a console port it is deserves to get there drive whiped. Can't trust ubisoft after assassins creed 4. Maybe if ubisoft didn't whore themselves out to every console ever made each game release and were more consistent with their games, gamers would feel confident in buying their product.

Wizard_King1457d ago

Ubi soft hasn't even made a game worth buying in over 5 years.

Pirate away people just remember to check the comments and scan your shit first.

(Name one Ubi game that was worth buying, just 1, pro tip=you can't)

If you say Fry Cry 3 kill yourself.

I_AM_ CANADIAN_19891457d ago

Wizard king I hear yah I really do, but as far as ubisoft standards go splinter cell black list was pretty decent. Wasn't completely optimized for pc, but for them it was good but yeah other than that bunch of garbage. All these gamers defending ubisoft are unreal, you obviously don't know what it's like to build 5000 dollar gaming pc than be told you can't play assassins creed 4. And far cry 3 has sli problems and I had to turn off hyper threading in the bios, But to be fair far cry 3 was definitely better than the assassins creed games. Can't believe watch dogs has 60 FPS cap for pc tho, that's such cock slap to the face...are ubisoft aware of 144hz monitors + sli we get it consoles are made for tvs with a 60fps cap but guess what pc has evolved to 120hz and up with gsync capabilitys so god dammit get with the times ubisoft. You add 4k res but you can't add support for 120hz/144hz computer monitors......60 FPS cap just proves when a p game was ported from a console version...pure laziness.

Myze1457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )


Rayman Origins and Legends were two of the best games of last generation.

Far Cry 3 isn't bad, so not sure what you are going for with that, especially if you consider Blood Dragon. Maybe not a masterpiece, but it was worth buying for certain. That's just an opinion though.

...Although pushing the 5 year thing, Assassin's Creed 2 came out in 2009 as well, which I don't see how you could say wasn't worth buying unless you aren't a fan of that style of game.

Don't take this as me really defending them, however, as I'm not a huge fan of Ubisoft in general, but they have had some games in the not-too-distant past that I have enjoyed.

While I definitely don't condone piracy in any form, Uplay sucks. So I don't blame anyone for torrenting a cracked Ubi game, IF you own it already.

ITPython1457d ago

And PC gamers wonder why anybody would play on a console. I think a few of the comments in this thread explain that nicely.

Kinda sad you guys pretty much only get the third-party multiplat handouts which are optimized for consoles. No surprise PC support isn't higher, as it seems most of you just go and pirate the games.

HollowedSoul141457d ago

what do you expect us to waste our money on shit games that we cant even get to stop stuttering or crashing.i buy pc games just not ubi games after assassins creed 4. ubvi wants pc gamers money theyre going to have to earn it. if ubi stopped complaining about piracy and instead not making every one of their games highly saturated across 5 platforms with yearly releases with minimal improvements if any at all. not to mention the fact ubisoft has the worst rap for not giving a crap about games after they release. least amount of patches per game by far. piracy is not the problem, mediocre games and devs like ubisoft that think they can coast through the pc community and think we wouldn't notice.

if you dont believe me just wait and see when the witcher 3 comes out and sells like hotcakes without any drm whatsoever. drm is only there to protect lazy pc developers egos. how hard is it for ubi or ea to release a game at 49.99 dollars on the pc, can anyone tell my why cheaper pc games stopped. ? its not piracy so keep guessing. lol such black and white idiots on this thread, theres such a thing as a grey area you just have to be more open and expand your intellectual thought process.

KeeseToast1457d ago

Lol you have Cartman as your Avatar so what is with South Park Stich of Truth?

Haha, yeah just like Witcher 2 which sold 1Million copies but 5 Million were playing it.

And to every pirate here, if you don't think a game is worth buying then why do you want to fucking play it?!?!?!?

0ut1awed1457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )

I guarantee 95% of the people openly bashing piracy on N4G are not actually PC gaming owners, there by pretty much crushing any option to partake in it.

"Oh look, I can't even start to try to pirate something. That means I'm an angel and should let everyone know I don't condone such things."

Good old N4G.

I_AM_ CANADIAN_19891457d ago

@Keesetoast well all I can say to you're illogical comment is if developers were so worried about piracy they'd stop punishing people who buy the game with crippling annoying drm and they'd lower the price of the game to persuade the pirates to buy they're game. People pirate for several reasons, 1. They can't afford to pay full price 2. There is no demo and they want to try it to see if it plays on their pc before they buy it. 3. there just thieving bastards that never buy any games. Just saying if developers lowered the price added demos they'd minimize over half the piracy problem, but instead they decide to push pirates Aswell as loyal customers away with higher prices, drm, lazy pc ports. There is a vicious cycle going on and developers will never prevent piracy. the day they stop trying to prevent pirates and start persuading them piracy will go from being more prevalent to a minimal and manageable amount. And why are you even bringing up witcher 2, pretty sure hollowed said witcher 3.

Piracy is a way of life now sooner devs smarten up like witcher 3 devs and give up on drm and complaining about lost sales the sooner the decline of piracy. If your game gets pirated by a large margin on pc here's a few tips quit trying to pull a fast one on pc gamers with your console games with a layer of clear coat and pc sticker slapped on the packaging, lower the price of you're games, build the game for pc in mind more diverse graphic settings lots of AA choices no FPS cap add optimization for hyper threading and sli/crossfire etc.

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1Victor1457d ago

@345 that's what happens when you skip the 123 1 read article 2 think about it 3 post a comment . Now for a real comment on the article, whenever I download anything from the internet I scan it with my antivirus before I open/install it DON'T TRUST ANYTHING ON TORRENT always check it with your antivirus

allgamespc20121457d ago

lol its al lbullshit...theres nothing installed, theyre just looking for excuses to justify the poor optimization

DLConspiracy1457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )

Haha good one!

Serves those freeloaders right. You want an industry to thrive? Well, then you support it. Otherwise you can watch it slowly fall apart. Music has probably fallen victim to this even more. To be a musician is to accept you will probably only make a tiny percentage of money if any at all off CDs and digital... Can't thrive off ramen and passion forever.

JEW_UNIT1457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )

Maybe the games industry needs to crash and go at it again. You support over priced DLC and un-optimized games? I torrent games? Yes, if I like it I actually buy it (it's called a demo...A lost practice amongst the industry). If I don't, then I delete it and go about my day. It's called quality control.

Make a good game and people will buy it. Thanx to "piracy", I have almost 300 games on my steam account. You can't say its all bad. If there are quality games at the right price (hell even at full price), then it will be purchased. Its called competition.

I defend piracy if it teaches the developers/publishers to not half ass and completely milk their franchises (I can't justify that type of behavior. Unless you can?). Survival of the fittest. Good developers/publishers will survive and the weak will fall. It's that simple.

LonDonE1457d ago

MY ASS YOU BUY IT! after torrenting it! pirates are a cancer in the games industry! so many times i hear that same remark, "i buy it after i torrent if its any good" LMAO

Seriously doesn't matter how u cut it, you are a thief! its no different then stealing from a granny after she has just withdrew her pension! lol drastic example i know, but regardless if your a pirate and a thief just say it, no point trying to justify it!

DLConspiracy1457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )


I don't agree at all. You are using a few minor examples to justify your own personal means. Its stealing. Publishers charge too much. They make the most out of the whole group of people.

You do realize that there are great ideas in games an music that get overlooked because they don't have the backing of a publisher who rips them off anyway. Sure the big games or musicians can make some money because they have more of an audience. The little guys who work just as hard sometimes get screwed the most.

While you may be an honorable pirate it doesn't mean that everyone follows your code. In fact most don't and use what you say as an excuse to justify their actions. Meanwhile the people who struggle to live out their passions are broke, manipulated and told its OK for someone to steal their hard work.

The ones that tend to rip people off with overpriced this and that are generally the ones at the top anyway. Being an artist myself I have come to terms that this will happen and you can't fight it. You have to try an offer something that you couldn't get unless you actually bought it outright.

Not trying to sound short with you in particular but once you see how it is on the other side of the fence (as an artist) you start to appreciate why its not good to steal. As people go on a limb with their lives to create entertainment for people to enjoy and enrich their lives. Just because some things not popular doesn't mean the hard work people putting into something is not worth anything.

Jonny5isalive1457d ago (Edited 1457d ago )

haha is that an ironic troll account. Because a guy named jew unit justifying pirating games is great comedy.

Yeah sure. pirates steal games that are just crap and not worth their money, but they are worth their time and they spend hours and hours playing said CRAPPY garbage game that wasnt worth their precious money. After all when you are a little kid and only get 5$ a week allowance for not doing your chores, it takes a while to save for a game. Then they bitch about its performance that is actually due to viruses that came with their free stolen copy. Like the devs should give a shit if a bunch of thieves are having performance issues with their virus infested torrents.

My question to you scum pirates is: If that game being garbage is your justification for stealing it, then why do you play it at all and why do you get upset when it doesnt run perfect? surely the game sucks and now that youve had your "pirate rental trial Ill buy it if I like it stage" you should just uninstall it anyways right? no? your going to play it for 50 hours and still complain about it not being up to your standards? Ok cool, please find a new hobby.

NOt to mention, for a company that makes "nothing but shit games" like ubisoft, you sure all did rush out to get a free copy of their crap game right when available to steal online, before the game is even released.

Same sucmbag pirates love to bitch about always online and policies like the ones MS was trying with xb1. Well its thanks to you scum that are never happy enough with games so they steal them that paying customers have to put up with this. Coincidentally it always the AAA well received game that are most pirated, while we hear how its not good enough for some losers milk money.

JEW_UNIT1456d ago (Edited 1456d ago )

@LonDonE and @Jonny5isalive: Here is my steam account:

But if you guys believe that I'm a 100% pirate, that's on you. I do own almost 300 games and will grow in the future. I personally don't care.

You guys assume just because I'm a pirate, that I'm not a customer. I am...I am just sick and tired of getting shitty PC ports and this is a way to "try before you buy". You know, since there are no demos out. I can't see how my computer will preform.

Console pirates have no excuse. They are the ones that get demos. They are the ones that can judge games on performance. If they will just release demos, I wouldn't waste my time pirating games. Believe me a demo is faster (and more legal) to download than an entire game just to judge performance.

TheMapleNerd1456d ago

Funny how people that don't pirate can say such things.
As a daily pirate, i can say that i buy and support more games than my none pirate friends.

jmc88881456d ago (Edited 1456d ago )

Umm the music industry is doing just fine...but if you mean us as listeners, it's absolute crap.

Where's the good rap?
Where's the good rock?

Some in the music industry are making tons of money promoting the latest Miley Spears: The Beiber Incident album.

For them, the money is flowing in One Direction, up.

For us whose voices don't crackle, the music industry sucks. So few and far between is anything decent.

You have Country, religious, old people new age crap music, and teeny-bop crap.

That's why for the past decade nightclubs have been forced to mix 60's-90's music with techno in an attempt to manufacture somethign new, because no one else is making music anymore.

You do realize that 'To be a musician is to accept you will probably only make a tiny percentage of money if any at all off CDs and digital' has been the norm and is actually far better now then anytime in the past. In the past, you were a slave signing a cheap, no rights, 7 album deal because that was the only deal a record company would offer you.

The people that made money, got control over the rights to their music and thus bypassed the 95-99 percent skim off their music.

The internet shook all that up, and now musicians have a way to make their money and bypass most of the skimmers.

DLConspiracy1456d ago (Edited 1456d ago )


While I see what you are saying you are also forgetting that now because anyone can put their album out everybody puts their album or music out. The only ones that we get to hear for the most part as a society are those that like top 40. Not everyone falls into that category and that is also a good thing. If you want to continue to hear top 40 all the time. Then pirating is the right path. In am all for people hearing music. I just think a lot of great musicians including some of the big ones don't make nearly as much as you think. Essentially people are living off fame. That doesn't pay the bills, that doesn't pay anything but an ego. I don't care about fame and at some point you have to work a regular job and NOt focus on music because you have to pay the bills. Meanwhile kids who are not working or not paying get to have both.

All I am saying is its not like you think it is. If you want different music then support the industry, because its not like these artists owe the world anything. Why should they pay because you would rather spend $12 on a couple cups of coffee rather than support support the music you are listening to while drinking it. These musicians spend months and years trying to make music. Sacrificing their family lives and food to do it.

Unless you enjoy rehashed unoriginal content. Then don't worry about it. The music will get worse and the only stuff we will hear is Beiber. BTW there are a lot more styles of music you have not heard than what you stated but how are you supposed to know in a sea of top 40 overwhelming the music waves? "The music industry is fine"? I beg to differ.

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Gamer19821457d ago

Devs should purposely add this to pirate versions so at least they get something back from pirates lol. I mean seriously though PC games are so damn cheap these days theres less reason to pirate than ever.. You can get watch dogs for £20 if you try hard enough compared to the PS4 version of £50 thats less than half price.. If you can afford a PC powerful enough to run watch dogs can you really not afford £20 to buy it?

GamerzElite1456d ago

News is bullsh*t, Spread by UBI Soft, Various torrents of Watch Dogs are on net and comment section is in favour of torrent. Last 2 big games Wolfenstein: The New Order and Watch Dogs torrent comes early on XBox360 and PS3.

Dustinf111456d ago

Dont beat yourself up 3-4-5... we all make mistakes. Plus, we got a good laugh.

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pwnsause_returns1457d ago

Everything is connected..for realz...