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Posts tagged “cheaty cheaters”

Making fake CSGO cheats that sabotage would-be cheaters is an amazing idea

The war between cheaters and anti-cheat technology might be endless, but that doesn't mean we can't have fun with it. I'm delighted to learn about the work of "ScriptKid", a fella who releases fake cheats that actually sabotage games for would-be cheaters. Wrong'uns go to Google looking for free cheats, find the fake cheat site he's set up, download and run his fake cheats, then...…

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A shockingly easy Counter-Strike: Global Offensive wallhack has been fixed

Valve's strict new anti-cheat system was powerless to protect Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players from a very simple trick that let perpetrators see everyone through walls. Until last week, players could make a single file tweak that gave them a huge, cheatily cheat advantage. It now appears to have been fixed.

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Counter-Strike GO experimenting with stricter anti-cheat

In the endless war of cheat vs. anti-cheat, Valve are considering serious measures to lock down programs hooking into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The new measures, currently being put through their paces in an opt-in public beta testing, will not let you join VAC-enabled servers if you launch CS with incompatible files loaded. This is, to be clear, not any sort of kernel driver like Valorant's…

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Formula E driver disqualified after getting an imposter to race for him in a charity event

Seeing as real-life racing has been suspended due the Covid-19 pandemic, Formula E started its very own series of virtual races in rFactor 2 to keep up the racing season online. The Race At Home Challenge features actual Formula E drivers as well as esports players, competing together to keep fans entertained and raise money for Unicef. But alas, one driver went ahead and tried…

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Doom Eternal to be purged of controversial anti-cheat software

As you may or may not have noticed, there is a bit of a hoo-ha going down about kernel-level anti-cheat software. This is software that peeps at what Windows is up to using administrator privileges, which some people are understandably unhappy about. Happily, then, Doom Eternal developers Id Software are going to rid their game of Denuvo Anti-Cheat. The purge will come in an update…

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Riot have banned nearly 9000 Valorant cheaters

How many Valorant cheaters does it take to change a light bulb? Just one Phoenix, and he'll do it in a flash. Haha. But no, let's be serious. Riot have dropped the ban hammer on 8873 cheaters in their new guns 'n' wizards FPS, and say "this banwave is still only the beginning". It seems like all that (possibly!) over-invasive anti-cheat software is paying off.

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Call Of Duty: Warzone will force cheaters to cheat each other

Don't worry, Warzone, it's totally natural for free-to-play battle royales of your size to have these growing pains. As with just about any competitive game, Call Of Duty: Warzone cheaters have been diligently looking for ways to game the game to victory. In order to preserve some semblance of fair competition for the rest of us, Infinity Ward say they'll be throwing suspected cheaters into…

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Call Of Duty: Warzone has banned 50,000 accounts for cheating

Big numbers are light yet refreshing, rarely leaving one full of knowledge but welcome as an effervescent sensation flowing over the lobes. Here's a new one for you to enjoy for a few seconds: 50,000, which is the number of permanent bans issued in Call Of Duty: Warzone for cheating so far. All big multiplayer games are in an endless arms race with cheatmakers, and…

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Teenager identifies over 14,000 CS:GO cheaters with homebrewed AI

Algorithms aren't the answer to everything, but they can help you catch Counter-Strike: Global Offensive cheaters. A teenager going by "2Eggs" has apparently identified 14,000 of the buggers, knocking together an AI that can analyse reports of potential cheaters in a fraction of the time it would take a human. He's called it HestiaNet, after the Greek goddess "of hearth and fire". I'm happy enough…

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Overwatch to start ending matches when it detects cheats

Rather than have players suffer through matches where cheaters are cheating up the place, saving bans for future punishment, Overwatch should soon shut down games mid-round as soon as it detects skulduggery. That's a solution Blizzard are currently toying with on the test servers, director Jeff Kaplan explained last week, and it sounds great. When faced with cheaters, I have always found some catharsis in…

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Do vu no? Denuvo making Anti-Cheat

Denuvo, the folks behind the much-maligned DRM-strengthening software Denuvo Anti-Tamper, intend to block more shenanigans. On Wednesday they announced Denuvo Anti-Cheat, a new doodad for developers to tie into their games to bust cheats. They say it partially uses machine learning to detect cheaty behaviour--a trick used by others, including by Valve in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive--but don't say much about its efficacy or any developers…

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Ban galore: Apex Legends has banned over 355k PC accounts for cheating

Respawn Entertainment have vowed to improve the cheat-busting tech in Apex Legends, though it seems to be doing pretty well already considering they say they've banned over 355,000 accounts since launch five weeks ago. It's good to see Titanfall's free-to-play battle royale spin-off slam so many bans, as the low cost of entry on F2P games is like poo to a fly. In this powerful…

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Grand Theft Auto V hackers were able to kill people in singleplayer

It's no secret that GTA Online has a big cheating problem. Rarely can I play for a few hours without encountering someone who insta-explodes other players, rains hacked money, sticks a Christmas tree to my body, or traps me in a burning cage watched by a dozen Jesuses (hackers are sometimes creative, I will give them that). It's absurd that this still happens. And even…

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Scum adds anti-cheat to fight the real scum

It's always galling to be murdered when you're on the pot, but doubly so when killed by a cheater. The 'DayZ but with robots and pooing' survival sandbox Scum has (hopefully?) solved that shitty problem over the weekend by adding anti-cheat tech, which is a feature I'm honestly surprised to hear a high-profile murderous multiplayer game had launched without. Known cheats for Scum included an…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds anti-cheating crackdown leads to arrests

Not too long ago, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds was a scruffy little also-ran in Early Access, barely evolved past its Day Z mod roots. Now, it's multi-billion dollar business worldwide, especially in growing eastern markets. Big money protects itself, for better or worse, and a recent crackdown on the creators of popular cheat tools for Plunkbat has resulted in the arrest of 15 individuals in China, according…

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive learning to take on bots

It looks like Valve are experimenting with machine learning to deal with cheating in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site]. The snippet of insight comes from a Reddit thread about spinbots in Valve's first-person shooter. The gist is that Valve are investigating using an artificial intelligence system capable of constantly retraining itself to spot cheaters and try to stay ahead in the cheat creation/cheat detection arms…

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Rainbow Six Siege Cracks Down On Cheaters (Again)

Ubisoft have already sent in digirozzers to bust cheating cheaters and the cheats they cheat with in Rainbow Six Siege, and now they're setting up a neighbourhood watch scheme. In preparation for the Rainbow Six Pro League, today they're releasing update 2.2. It patches up a few exploits, tweak maps to stop spawn killing, adds kill cams in Ranked play so folks can see if…

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Gabe Newell Responds To Valve Anti-Cheat Spying Rumours

A few days ago, a rumour appeared on Reddit that Valve Anti-Cheat, the software Valve use to crush aimbots and wallhacks across their games, was spying on people's DNS cache and sending that information home. In other words, the Seattle game developer was watching every website you ever visited. It was only a rumour, and an unlikely one, but Gabe Newell appeared on Reddit last…

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Blizzard Rejects Linux-Ban Claims, Blames Cheating

A few readers emailed us claiming they had been banned from Diablo III while playing on Linux. The complaints about this were being voiced in a lengthy forum thread on the official forums, too. Blizzard replied to us, and on the forums, claiming that people were only being banned for cheating, not for simply playing Diablo III on the open operating system: "Playing the game…

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