PSA: Stay out of public lobbies in GTA Online on PC

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I haven’t played Grand Theft Auto Online since it made its debut on the last generation of consoles – but there are still many, many people who love getting together to cause digital chaos on the streets of Los Santos.

IT has, however, become the playground of hackers, scammers and cheaters – who’re doing all they can to ruin people’s fun. There’s a new hack doing the rounds in the PC version of the game, that has online jerks permanently siphoning the online cash of other players.

It’s been dubbed “Insurance Fraud,” and involves a cheater spawning a ludicrously expensive car, wrecking it, and having the value of that car come off another player’s account. What makes this hack a little different to previous ones – and significantly more serious – is that it doesn’t generate GTA space bucks, it steals it from others. While that cash be earned in the game, it can also be bought with real-world money, so this is straight up theft.

PC gamers who’re still playing GTA Online are urged to stay out of public lobbies until Rockstar manages to fix this – if they can even fix this. One of the fundamental issues with GTA Online is that most of the game’s pertinent information is stored client side instead of server side, with game running on Peer to Peer. That leaves it wide open to hacks and attacks. Rockstar has, in recent times, tried to implement better user stat tracking – but it’s not quite worked out.

GTA Online remains a cat and mouse game between Rockstar and cheaters, and that doesn’t look like it’s set to change any time soon.

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Last Updated: March 8, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    There’s a 5th GTA game on PC?

    • Jan Prins

      Me: Yes. It was/is Awesome
      You: But Rockstar Waited for Years to get it done! They can get in the sea!
      Me: You are being an Alien Ass TREVOR (see what I did there!)
      You: OH look! It’s Jan defending Rockstar again!

      There. Now we had this fight.

      Just have to say, for a game where the main focus is crime, the irony!!!!

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        I’m tempted to edit your comment to sing Trevor’s praise, you know, for the lulz

        • Jan Prins

          Oh but I love Trevor! He is such a manly alien man!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Sims aren’t supposed to talk. :/

        • Jan Prins

          Firby nurbs!

  • Fox1 – Retro paid money for money? :/

  • Fox1 – Retro paid money for money? :/

  • Oh you PC people! All the same!

  • . .

    get rid of microtransactions/ online economy, ermanently and you won’t have this type of problem. I’m actually going to go play GTA for at least that game is a lot better than GTA 5 GTA 5 sucks

    • motorbicycle

      Was that English?

  • They can fix it easily. By getting rid of Peer to Peer servers. Peer to peer is not the future, dedicated is the future.

  • dembow

    PC master race? Hahaha. X1 4ever !!

    • Fuze

      lol no.
      console also still has hackers.
      Console Peasent.

  • This, indeed, needs to get patched right away. People can be potentially losing real money over these issues now. I hope Rockstar does something to solve this problem.

  • Rockstar support is pretty good at sorting out issues quickly regarding player accounts. They’ve been rather tough lately and banned quite a lot of cheaters. And if you are a victim they are quite quick with reversing the damage. So I’m not too bothered.

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