The ‘Next Generation Of Cheating’ Hacks For Warzone Are Officially Discontinued By Activision

The AI controller hacks that threatened to put the Warzone console community at risk have been discontinued.

Last week, we reported on a new hack that was taking the world of Call of Duty by storm. It used machine learning to detect players on screen. The hack would then emulate controller inputs to act as a soft auto-aim that would only get better over time.

It was described by a cheating watchdog as “the next generation of cheating”. Due to the exploit emulating controller inputs, it would have been very hard for developers at Treyarch and Raven Software to detect.

At the time, Activision began issuing copyright takedowns to online videos that advertised the hack. It wouldn’t have been enough to stop the cheat entirely, but it was enough to stop the word from spreading.

Credit: Activision

Now, though, the exploit has been discontinued altogether thanks to a legal effort from Activision. The team of developers that created the hack have issued a statement that reads:

“This statement was not required. However, at the request of Activision Publishing Inc. (“Acivision”), 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.”

So there we have it. ‘The next generation of cheating’ has been nipped in the bud before it could ever flourish. There’ll be plenty of Call of Duty players happy to hear the news.

The exploit could have had other uses…

Interestingly, the developer of the hack points out that the technology they were working on could be transformed into something more useful than an aim hack.

“This type of technology has other actual assistance benefits,” they say. “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.”

That certainly sounds like a much more beneficial use of hacking technology. Hopefully, the developer can find a way to continue his work in a legal manner that won’t jeopardize the security of Activision’s games.

Credit: Activision

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