‘Undetectable’ Console Cheat Stops After Activision Request


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A developer who was marketing an “undetectable” cheat that was supposed to work for any video game on both PC and console has shut down after receiving a “request” from game publisher Activision.

Last week a new cheat called Userviz started to gain attention after the well known cheat hunter GamerDoc tweeted about it, calling it “the next generation of cheating”. Kotaku and Ars Technica wrote about the cheat, highlighting its innovative approach and the fact that it promised to be platform independent. (Whether that’s actually “undetectable” is another story; cheaters and anti-cheat programs are still engaged in a cat-and-mouse game.) Curious users have flocked to Userviz’s Discord channel, but the cheat maker, who used Call of Duty: War Zone to demonstrate its system on YouTube, also caught the attention of Activision, the publisher of this game.

On Monday, the cheat developer, who goes by their name User101, removed all content from the cheat site and replaced it with a statement.

Team,

This declaration was not required.

However, at the request of Activision Publishing, Inc. (“Activision”), I will no longer develop or provide access to software that may be used to operate their games. My intention was never to do anything illegal. At the end of the video that brought so much attention to this project, he said “coming soon”. The software was never released.

This type of technology has other real assistive benefits, for example, by pointing a webcam at yourself, you can control movements without using limbs. Unfortunately, due to its potential negative impact, I will not develop it further.

A few hours later, Userviz’s Discord was also deleted. Only Amazon cheat merchandise is still in place.

User101 did not respond to a message sent after the site was closed. And Activision did not respond to a request for comment.

But User101’s statement clearly hints at what likely happened: Someone at Activision discovered the cheat, saw that it could be used in War zone, and possibly received a letter from one of Activision’s attorneys (since User101 specifically noted that they did not intend to do anything “illegal”.)

Last week, in an interview with Motherboard, User101 opened up about how his cheat works and said that he thinks what he does is flawless, given that his cheating is not based on reverse engineering games or hacking their code.

“I created the world’s first aimbot that will work on any gaming console through the use of artificial intelligence and deep learning,” he said. “My code is simply automation software that is not geared towards a specific game.”

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An aimbot is a type of cheat that helps players automatically target an enemy, and it’s a standard cheat offering for first-person shooters such as War zone or Apex Legends. What made Userviz different was that it relied on an external card, something called “computer vision” and “emulated input” devices.

The cheat was designed to see what was happening in the game on a separate computer, recognize objects such as enemies in the game being played on the console, and send signals to the console controller to help the player, according to User101.

This required an expensive and slightly complicated setup: a PC with a good GPU to process the console video stream and run the cheat automation and machine learning scripts, a capture card to stream the game, which can cost $ 100 or $ 200, and a hardware device, which can cost close to $ 200, to connect the console and its controller to the PC and emulate the signals from the controller. On top of that, a potential cheater had to pay to purchase the cheat itself.

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A screenshot of the Userviz cheat. (Image: Courtesy of User101)

An employee of a games company, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak to the press, confirmed that such a thing cannot be detected without creating the risk of false positives. After all, they explained, what this cheat does is just what a controller can do. That said, it may be able to detect something like this if a game company detects that a previously mediocre player suddenly becomes divine (although there is, of course, the risk of false positives as mentioned in l ’employee.)

“The technique I use only sends signals as if it were a player,” User101 admitted.

And that’s the biggest downside to cheaters. It would only level the playing field, it wouldn’t really give the cheater something they couldn’t get if they just learned how to play better. This kind of cheat may not offer something like wallhacks, a feature that highlights enemy players behind walls. And he can’t really distinguish between enemies and team members, he only detects their shapes.

“When playing against a good player, you might win a 1v1 more often if this aim assist feature can compensate for your lack of aiming skill, it will improve a bad player to mediocre player, but someone with a good aim. and a good anti-recoil movement will have no benefit from this program, ”said one person who tried the cheat, who asked to remain anonymous because she worked for a tech company and was not authorized to talk to the press.

Ironically, User101 said that he started to develop his cheat after being frustrated with other cheaters.

“Every time I get killed I wonder whether or not this was a professional gamer with excellent situational awareness and pinpoint accuracy or just a hack,” a- he declared.

What it sure won’t be is someone using their cheat.

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