Hackers have hidden malicious software in cheat software for Call of Duty: Warzone and have tried to spread it to “cheat”, as a report from Activision calls them (via Vice).
You can read the full report here, but it explains that there has been a campaign by hackers to try to get War zone players to download a fake cheat engine. After players run it, malware can then continue to infect the computer with whatever payload the hacker chooses.
In short: cheaters never thrive. If malicious software does not get you, you will probably just be banned from the game instead.
Players who download cheats to help them pwne and then be pwned themselves are nothing new. I admit it: I wasted my childhood by being a serial cheater, and sneaking up on my sister Battleship board or slip me a few extra $ 1
There were definitely times I paid for it, knocked the family computer out of the commission with an ugly virus and had to spend the rest of the day fixing the computer before mom got home.
Duty calls is not alone in having hack-infected hack: players download cheats for Valorant, Fortnite, Minecraft, and Roblox have all had nasty surprises. It seems like today’s players are learning the same lesson I did: if you cheat in the game, you’re really just cheating yourself.