According to a report released by game publisher Activision, hackers have been injecting malware onto Call of Duty: Warzone users' systems via fake cheats. So cheaters beware. Those cheats you hope will help you stealthily assassinate your opponents will actually fill your system with a ton of malware.
Activision's report states that the company discovered a recent discussion on dark web forums. Cybercriminals were chatting about luring unsuspecting gamers into downloading a dropper, which is a malicious program, onto their systems disguised as cheats. The malware can be customized to install far more damaging and malicious bugs onto your computer and devices.
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According to Activision's report, the free cheat offers users things like infinite ammunition for all weapons, extra speed, and a 1hit1kill feature. All of which sounds awesome but, none of it is real and will infect your system.
What's even more troubling, is that the poisonous cheats are being advertised on multiple popular cheating forums under titles such as "new COD hack." Sadly, Activision's report did not mention which forums would've been helpful. The report does mention that the cheat offers pop up numerous times on these forums and may lure users in.
These cheats work so well because they usually require users to disable security features that would normally keep their systems protected. An abundance of comments on several forums proves that these hackers luring techniques have been very effective at getting users to help do their dirty work for them.
Activision's reports state, " It is common practice when configuring a cheat program to run it the with the highest system privileges, and noted that "Guides for cheats will typically ask users to disable or uninstall antivirus software and host firewalls, disable kernel code signing, etc."
Stay vigilant, my friends, and remember, cheaters never win.