Player tricks thousands of Counter-Strike:GO cheaters in to getting banned

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Cheating is rife in just about any online multiplayer game – and it’s almost always to the detriment of those who’re trying to play the game the way its developer intended. There are always ways to circumvent whatever anti cheating mechanisms are usually in place – but in the case of Valve’s own Antic Cheat system, or VAC, it can end and often does end up in banned accounts.

There are all sorts of programs and hacks that promise to bypass VAC, allowing unscrupulous players to get a nefarious leg up on unwitting competition. People who use these tools are what we, in the vernacular, refer to as “complete scumbags.”

One Counter-Strike: GO player enacted a pretty clever revenge plan on these scumbags – by releasing hacks that would trigger VAC bans. Some were instant, but other were triggered, taking a while before revealing themselves to the anti-cheating systems.

“Over the course of two weeks I’ve released three different fake “multihacks,”” says Redditor AndroidL (via Engadget), showing proof of his actions and the salty replies of those who’ve been banned. “Essentially they edit your view angles to those that should be impossible to get and constantly gives infinite ammo/health. The hacks also do a few other things that ensure a VAC ban would be received.

The first two releases had a “timer” in them which meant the features that instantly VAC banned them would only be activated after a certain time (e.g. 10 PM on the day after the release)… the final hack (with over 3.5k downloads) just instantly VAC bans them as soon as they open the hack and join a game.”

The hacks were downloaded over 5500, with 3000 (or more!) on the receiving end of Valve’s banhammer. That’s a couple of thousand fewer complete scumbags ruining CS:GO for the rest of us.

Not all heroes wear capes.

Last Updated: February 3, 2016

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