Rockstar has announced it's cracking down on cheats and hackers in Grand Theft Auto Online, beginning by removing illicitly-obtained GTA$ today.
It follows on from yesterday's announcement that a 24 hour maintenance period would be taking place, which is still ongoing.
An update explains that "game-breaking amounts of in-game cash" have been generated and distributed by some players in recent months, and Rockstar is now planning to punish those responsible.
“We are removing the counterfeit GTA$ from the game's economy.
"As part of today’s maintenance period," it reads, "we are removing the counterfeit GTA$ from the game's economy. Anyone that innocently received GTA$ as a result of these exploits but did not engage in cheating to acquire it will not face any further action - the funds will just be removed, and you'll be able to keep any items you currently own.
"Those who actively engaged in cheating and exploiting the game in this manner will, however, be subject to in-game penalties at our discretion. This may include being placed in isolated cheater pools or banned from GTA Online altogether."
If you witness someone taking advantage of exploits or cheating, you can report them by pausing the game, going to the Online tab, highlighting the offending individual under Players and then selecting Report, remembering to choose the Exploits option.
GTA V was recently revealed to be the UK's fourth biggest-selling game of all time, which is hardly surprising; upon its release back in September 2013, GTA V became the UK's fastest-selling title ever, and managed to overtake lifetime sales of GTA IV in just three weeks, before going on to secure a stonking seven Guinness World Records. Despite threats from Activision over Call of Duty: Ghosts managing to reclaim some of them, the shooter failed to do so leaving Rockstar's star very much burning brightly.