Activision cracked down the practically “undetectable” aimbot hack for Call of Duty: Warzone, forcing its creator to take down its service.
According to a Vice report, Call of Duty: Warzone publisher Activision did a preemptive strike on Userviz, the proliferator of the AI aimbot. As reported last week, this aimbot was notorious for its machine learning capabilities.
AI aimbot hack uses machine learning
Late last week and earlier this week, an AI aimbot hack came into light. Anti-cheat group Anti-Cheat Police Department showed off a promotional video on Twitter. In there, the cheat listed its many advantages.
The cheat uses machine learning and sends input to your controller whenever it sees a valid target, this is aim assist but more amplified without you even needing to do anything all you have to do is aim in the general area and the machine will do the work for you
— Anti-Cheat Police Department 🕵️ (@AntiCheatPD) July 5, 2021
For starters, it was platform-agnostic, which meant it will work for both PCs and consoles. It can also work with any game beyond Warzone and will use machine learning to improve. The cheat leveraged auto-aim, and even auto-lock on.
“The cheat uses machine learning and sends input to your controller whenever it sees a valid target, this is aim assist but more amplified without you even needing to do anything all you have to do is aim in the general area and the machine will do the work for you,” said ACPD in their tweet.
Now, it seems Activision cracked down on the service. Activision forced Userviz to close down.
Cheat creator says software not intended for exploit
In the announcement, it’s noted that the developer of the cheat, an anon by the name of User101 said he will stop development of the system. They, however, deny that they are marketing the software as a method of exploit.
“Team, this statement was not required,” said the developer. “However, at the request of Activision Publishing, Inc (“Activision”), I will no longer be developing or providing access to software that could be used to exploit their games.
“My intent was never to do anything illegal. At the end of the video that brought so much attention to this project, it stated ‘coming soon’. The software was never published.
“This type of technology has other actual assistive benefits, for example, by pointing a webcam at yourself you could control movement without the use of limbs. Unfortunately, because of its potential negative impact I will not be developing it further.”
The entire software was extremely anti-competitive. Call of Duty: Warzone was not the only target for the exploit. With machine learning, extreme levels of cheat software may come out in the future.
Raven Software, the developers of Call of Duty: Warzone, admitted that hackers are ruining some of their best work. Furthermore, they are on a continuous battle against persistent hackers on the platform.
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