Nasty malware is spreading through Warzone cheats
Hackers have been hiding malware in fraudulent software for Call of Duty: Warzone and have been trying to spread it to “cheaters”, as an Activision report calls them (via Vice).
You can read the full report here, but it explains that there was a hacking campaign to try to get Warzone players to download a fake cheating mechanism. After the players run it, the malware can then infect the computer with any payload chosen by the hacker.
In short: cheaters never prosper. If the malware doesn’t catch you, it will likely be banned from the game.
Players who download cheats to help them win pwn and then win pwn are nothing new. I’ll admit it: I wasted my childhood being a serial cheater, peeking over my sister’s warship board or slipping a few extra $ 100 while acting as a banker at the Monopoly. And when playing video games, I cheated too. Never online (I had dialed in the Modern Warfare 2 era), but I certainly downloaded my fair share of patches and mods to try to make games easier or to get better items.
There were times when I paid for it, leaving the family computer out of service with an unpleasant virus and having to spend the rest of the day repairing the computer before my mom came home.
Call of Duty is not alone in having hacks infested with hack: players who download cheats for Valorant, Fortnite, Minecraft and Roblox all have unpleasant surprises. It seems that today’s players are learning the same lesson as me: if you are cheating in the game, you are just cheating.