Pirated copy of Fallout 4 ends up being really, really expensive

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There’s a lot wrong with Fallout 4. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great game, and it’s one of my very favourite games from this year – but there are bugs and glitches of course; it is a Bethesda game after all. That’s not even my biggest problem with the game – instead, it’s the terrible conversation trees, the lack of real role playing and the focus on all-out action that’s got me down. There’s no real class variation, and with unlimited levels and perks, there’s no real thought or consideration necessary when choosing which ones to go with.

Those are my problems with Fallout 4 – but they pale in comparison to the problems one poor sap’s had. Notably, his copy of Fallout 4’s stolen a bunch of his money; money that he’d tied up in Bitcoin. It’s worth mentioning here that it wasn’t the game itself that stole his digital cash – but rather the Trojan horse that was hidden inside of his pirated copy of the game.

He lost 4.88 Bitcoin on November 11; the equivalent, today of 1905.54 US Dollars – so went about asking on a Bitcoin reddit (Via Geek.com) to find out how. Some clever chap put it all together, noting the date on which the BTC went missing – and it coincided nicely with Fallout 4’s release date. Quick sleuthing found that his pirated copy of Fallout 4, probably hiding a keylogger within it , was the likely culprit.

And, because of how Bitcoin works, that money is irrecoverable; if you manage your own Bitcoin wallet, you’re out of luck if it ends up being compromised.

It’s the most beautiful sort of instant karma. While there’s no way of really knowing whether or not a dodgy copy of Fallout 4 is to blame, it certainly seems that way. The affected quite obviously had the money to buy Fallout 4, but opted instead to steal a copy from the internet. Instead of being $60 out of pocket, he’s now nearly $2000 out.

Last Updated: December 7, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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