Cheat Maker: New Aimbot ‘Undetectable’ On Consoles, PC

Cheat Maker: New Aimbot ‘Undetectable’ On Consoles, PC
While cheating is already present on consoles, new program threatens even greater cheating activities. (Screenshot: Activision)

Cheaters never prosper, but they sure do proliferate like roaches. On July 4, a video (which Kotaku has reviewed but will not disclose) was released on YouTube announcing a new cheat that promises to work on “any” platform, including consoles.

The new cheat program has the typical anti-competitive features like auto-aim, auto-lock on, and the ability to detect which weapon a player is using to automatically reduce recoil. The hack is advertised with the Call of Duty franchise, but its creator says it will work for any game on any platform and promises it is undetectable by developers’ anti-cheat software.

The hack appears to use a sophisticated program that takes gameplay video from a console via network streaming or capture card and feeds it into a nearby computer which then displays information the cheater can use.

Cheating is a widespread problem within multiplayer games. In February, Activision banned more than 60,000 accounts suspected of cheating in Call of Duty: Warzone and promised to improve its detection capabilities to further combat the threat. Other companies have taken a more novel approach to the problem like People Can Fly’s decision to isolate cheaters within their own matchmaking lobbies in Outriders and branding players’ HUD Scarlet Letter-style.

While cheating mostly takes place on PC, new technology allows illicit programs, like this one, to proliferate on consoles as well. Even mobile gaming has a cheating problem. Last week, PUBG Mobile banned a staggering 3.8 million players for character modding, x-ray vision hacks, and more.

Through donations and subscription fees, cheat makers can rake in millions of dollars in revenue to fund lavish lifestyles. In March, the BBC reported that Chinese authorities busted what it called the “world’s biggest” cheating ring that brought in sums of $US76 ($97) million dollars. Through the sheer size of its international player base, Tencent-owned PUBG and PUBG Mobile seem to be the biggest target for cheaters.

Comments

  • Surely this has to introduce some input lag so be terrible for twitch reaction gaming?

    I’ll also never understand why console players would ever want to play in mixed PC lobbies bursting at the seems with cheaters. (I know this isn’t a pc cheat but anyway).

    • It’s not going to be as fast as something that can see the internal state of the game, but it’s likely to be faster than human reaction time.

      From what the video embed, it appears to be running image recognition on a screen capture and then generating controller input events to try and push what it believes is a target towards the middle of the screen.

      It’s not clear that you’d necessarily need to look at the screen on the second PC: you could probably look out the screen of the primary PC or console, and still take advantage of the aim assist.

    • The reason is that if you turn cross platform off it is very hard to find a game now, in fact some games like warzone only allow for cross platform now.
      And unfortunately there is no console only cross platform option available, its all or nothing – which personally i think is ridiculous.

    • Console-Players have already XIM APEX etc, which is pretty much the same and can’t be detected too.

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