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Activision Warns About Malware in Warzone Cheats

Warzone cheats infect hundreds of PCs

Cheats are nothing new to Activision’s Call of Duty: Warzone. Ever since the game’s release, players have complained about rampant hacking in the matches. Activision issued a warning saying that a few of these cheat tools have Remote-Access Trojan (RAT) malware hidden inside. According to Activision, the scam was first spotted in hacking forums where a cyberattacker announced a ‘newbie-friendly’ way to spread RATs. 

Cheating in Video Games?

So why would one use cheats in a video game? Rank. Yes, all competitive video games have ranking systems, and gamers use these to show off their skills. PC, being a customizable gaming platform, allows users to fine-tune the experience to their liking. However, this comes with a downside: there are tools available that allow you to ‘hack’ the game, giving you a competitive advantage over other players. This includes aim-assists, auto-aim scripts, and even allowing hackers to view other players through objects.

Warzone cheats infect hundreds of PCs

Which Cheat Tool has Malware Inside?

Cyberattackers are using the cheat tool named ‘COD-Dropper v0.1’ to spread the malware. Coming to think of it, whoever came up with the idea to use cheat tools to spread malware was pretty smart. Hackers spend a lot of time trying to transmit the virus inside the target’s device. However, in this case, users are transmitting the virus themselves by installing the programs. This removes the burden of injecting the malware from the hacker.

The cheat tool was quite popular on YouTube for some time, named ‘the best undetectable warzone cheat.’ The video included detailed instructions about disabling antivirus and firewalls and running the program as admin: a hacker’s dream.

What does a RAT Do?

Remote-Access Trojan is a type of malware that provides hackers full control of a target’s computer system. Furthermore, this type of RAT is also a dropper. This means it also installs other types of viruses on the existing system. The ‘COD-Dropper v1.0’ explicitly asks the user to give it administrator privileges, which many unsuspecting people end up giving, in hopes of being the top fragger in Warzone.


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