Cheat makers already have Call of Duty’s new anti-cheat driver, but Activision isn’t bothered

Activision revealed its secret weapon against Call of Duty cheaters this week. It is a kernel-level anti-cheat called Ricochet. Hopefully, this will finally do something about the plague of hackers that has infected Warzone and future Call of Duty titles. Yesterday, however, disaster struck when Anti-Cheat Police Department (a Twitter group that gathers intelligence on cheating vendors to disrupt and detect them) claimed that the driver had leaked.

The group stated that “P2C [pay-to-cheat] developers are already reverse engineering it. This is already very bad.” Modern Warzone, a fan site, claimed that it had seen proof of the source code being removed.

Vice claims that it was not a leak. Activision had stated Ricochet would first roll out alongside Call of Duty: Warzone: Pacific’s Pacific update. However, two sources informed the site that Ricochet had been available for testing and became a reality. Activision later confirmed Ricochet was in the wild, but they didn’t seem too concerned.

The Call of Duty account tweeted that “Ricochet Anti-Cheat” is currently in live controlled testing. “Before you put it on your computer, we’re testing it.” The testing includes providing pre-release driver versions to select third parties and preparing server-side upgrades for launch.

Paul Chamberlain, Epic Games technical director, said that it is important that the driver be pre-released. Chamberlain was previously the product head for game security at Riot’s competitive FPS Valorant. Chamberlain spoke to Vice and stated that Activision didn’t want the driver to be in the hands of cheaters early in its release. However, it is almost impossible to avoid public testing making it worth the hassles.

Chamberlain stated that there was no impact on the cheat developers as long as the testers weren’t using a non-release-ready version (for example, a version without debugging symbols or an unobfuscated version). Activision will likely find the public test more valuable than the additional secrecy.

Zebleer, Phantom Overlay administrator, said that the original report on a Ricochet leaked was technically correct because it wasn’t intended to be in the hands of non-testers yet. However, he acknowledged that it’s not an issue because Chamberlain stated they’ll have it soon enough. The only difference is that the leak gives us a head start to reverse & analyze now, rather than waiting for implementation.

Call of Duty: Vanguard will launch on November 5th, with new backend anti-cheat tools. The kernel-level driver will be available later this year with the Pacific update to Call of Duty: Warzone.

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