Call of Duty: Warzone players who use a certain popular cheat program have been exposed to malware, according to a new report published by Activision. The report details research Activision’s in-house anti-cheat team that shows the hacking software acts as a gateway for other malware developers to gain access to cheaters’ PCs.
The cheat in question has been advertised on several popular cheating sites, but instead of offering a ‘genuine’ set of cheating tools, it instead delivers malware to players’ PCs. Malware manufacturers can customise the software to install any number of malware programs, which are granted high-level security access to players’ PCs.
‘Real’ cheat hacks frequently ask users to disable their anti-virus or other security software, and Activision points out that this level of access is exactly what malware needs in order to be successfully installed on most home PCs. “This one relies not on sophisticated tactics but on the victim’s willingness to disable several security settings on their own systems”, Activision’s report explains. “It is common practice when configuring a cheat program to run it with the highest system privileges.”