Call Of Duty Hackers Break Activision's New Anti-Cheat System In One Day
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This completely overhauled system was explicitly designed in direct response to the fans who have been hoping against hope for a more effective way of dealing with the cheaters who continue to plague Call Of Duty: Warzone and, to a lesser extent, Modern Warfare/Black Ops Cold War.
Unfortunately, recent reports suggest that it took hackers just one day to find a way around it.
RICHOCHET was announced on October 14, and described by Activision as "a multi-faceted approach to combat cheating, featuring new server-side tools which monitor analytics to identify cheating, enhanced investigation processes to stamp out cheaters, updates to strengthen account security, and more."
It was also confirmed that the system would launch alongside Call Of Duty: Vanguard and eventually find its way into Warzone. But today, October 15, it's emerged that Warzone hackers are reversing the system following a leak of the kernel-level driver's files.
According to the unofficial watchdog group Anti-Cheat Police Department on Twitter, RICOCHET might have been a genuinely promising new method to combat cheaters... right up until the moment the files leaked online, giving cheat-makers a chance to get ahead of it and develop ways of working around it.
To add insult to injury, hackers have reportedly already decided that RICOCHET was "nothing that special" and can be "reversed easily".
"Cheat developers are not afraid of the RICOCHET Anti-cheat, and to be fair most cheats already operate at the kernel level for a very long time," ACPD added on Twitter. "It is down to the developers at RICOCHET if they have the skills to detect these cheats now, the playing ground is now even."
Not the best first 24 hours for the new system, then.