Bethesda Patches Fallout 76 Cheat After Hacker Uses It To Steal Players' Items

Last weekend, someone managed to steal items from hundreds of players in Fallout 76 using a new hack. While Bethesda patched the worst parts of the exploit, some of the affected players are still waiting to hear if the company will be able to restore their lost loot.

A video posted Sunday on YouTube showed a player running around Appalachia, lifting items from random, unsuspecting players. The string of robberies happened rapidly, one right after the other, with the victims appearing naked afterwards, their clothes and armour gone. The pickpocketing spree was the result of a newly released hack over on created by forum user ErectBan that allows players to steal items from anyone close enough in the game to appear on screen.

Reddit user JedediahJedi was one of the people hit in the video. They told Kotaku in an email their pilfered gear included a full set of Power Armour, three-star legendary modded scout armour, and their Sheepsquatch Mascot head—loot that was both powerful and took a long time to earn.

The game’s subreddit was quickly filled with warnings to players about the hack and calls for Bethesda to bring the game offline until a fix was implemented. The company did just that Monday evening, taking the game down for maintenance for an hour before pushing out a fix that blocked the hack.

“We would like to apologise to those of you who were impacted by this exploit,” a Bethesda spokesperson said on Reddit. “We want to make this right, and we are currently looking into ways we may be able to compensate you.”

Some players who had their stuff stolen are still waiting to hear what that compensation will look like. “I lost my Fasnacht sun mask, they stole my anti-armour explosive legacy, AAE plasma heavy and my entire vanguard sentinel scout set,” Reddit user Pixelblondie told Kotaku in an email. “Bethesda didn’t even respond to my ticket, so I don’t know what to say.”

While the inventory steal hack has been fixed, it caps off a bizarre month for the game. Players, using other hacks distributed on Unknowncheats, were able to duplicate rare weapons, modify the stats of legendary gear, and even add entire NPCs to the game. It’s still not clear what vulnerabilities in the game made the cheats possible, or why they were only discovered over a year after the game was released.

Bethesda did not respond to a request for comment.


    I’m really curious what their compensation will be.
    Will it actually make things right or will they pull a Bethesda and actually make the whole thing worse.

      It is possible to roll back characters.. BUT the only case where I know it happened the guy lost 20 levels of progress when they did it.

      So they will probably pull a Bethesda

    every time i see reference of this "one new hack" i think someone mixed up the clickbait advertising...

    What made it worse is that instead of taking the servers down they just left them up with no comment for a couple of days while hundreds logged into be robbed.

    According to some reports they were warned and shown days before hand what the hack would do yet nothing was done.

    Last edited 28/12/19 12:35 am

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