I am a software engineer and I am currently working with a little bit of software security related research.
The project I am working with touches the subject of Computer Game Cheating Software (hereon referred to as "GCS").
Our company is trying to form ideas on how to bring the future of Anti-Cheat systems closer to the present time to enhance the gaming experience for millions of people around the world.
We do so by disassembling, decompiling and analyzing GCS , as well as analyzing network traffic that is sent and received by the GCS.
We were banned from a specific GCS site because of the following reason:
Attempting to sniff network traffic / disassembling / decompile / debug GCS
The software itself notified us with the following message (or similar) upon login:
Your attempt has been logged
What we did next was to create a new account and purchase the GCS again.
I could not get it to work so I contacted their live support, upon which they were very rude and played mental games with me because they noticed that I was the same person trying to get their software up and running again.
Obviously they assumed that we was going to try to sniff the network traffic again, which of course we will, and they can't do anything about it and they don't like that.
I was also threatened with legal actions for trying to reverse engineer their software, which does not make any sense, because they have done the same thing themselves in order to create the GCS.
We've discovered that their software has been monitoring the activity on our computer without letting us know about it.
Their software does not contain any EULA which states what information it collects, sends or receives.
They are obviously operating as a company, generating profit, running customer support etc.
We know what we are doing and we also know that their software collecting information illegally.
What can we as a company do about this in terms of legal issues?