Online Games Use Fraud Software to Combat Cheats

Cheaters in multiplayer online games beware: Game developers are turning to advanced financial fraud-detection software to keep you from crooking your way to online riches.

Massively Multiplayer Online games are one of the fastest-growing sectors of the game industry and naturally, MMO cheating is on the rise. Security experts say cheaters use automated shortcuts to enhance their avatars' status. Many are doing so just for fun, but some are making real-world cash through ill-gotten virtual gains.

To fight back, game developers have taken a page from banks and credit card companies. They're using fraud-detection software to analyze the rushing stream of events that occur in an ordinary MMO day, in search of something fishy.

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