Valve, the makers of the popular video game Dota 2, have stated that they have permanently banned more than 40,000 user accounts for utilizing hacking tools to gain an unfair advantage over other players. Using the exploit, gamers were able to get an unfair edge by viewing data about other players’ client apps that is normally hidden from view.
You’ve probably heard of Dota 2, as it’s one of the most well-known MOBAs (multiplayer online battle arena) games out there. It has a thriving competitive scene with leagues and tournaments for players of all skill levels competing at the highest levels. Dota 2 is a game that tests your ability to strategize, react quickly, and cooperate well with others.
Unhealthy levels of competition lead some players to look for ways to obtain an unfair advantage, and a whole industry of third-party cheats has sprung up to meet that desire. The valve must swiftly detect and eliminate the usage of these cheats to ensure a level playing field for all players.
Recently, we went over the most recent information on Dota 2, and you can get it by following the link below:
Setting Up a Honeypot
Valve made a fix that operated like a honeypot, snagging queries and monitoring attempts in places they shouldn’t have been.
“This patch created a honeypot: a section of data inside the game client that would never be read during normal gameplay, but that could be read by these exploits,” Valve explains. “Each of the accounts banned today read from this “secret” area in the client, giving us extremely high confidence that every ban was well-deserved.”
A total of over 40,000 accounts were found to be utilizing the cheating software after the patch was deployed by the Dota 2 community, making it a prerequisite for entering multiplayer games. As a result, it ranks among the game’s most pervasive cheats.
To send a clear message to all players, including professionals who participate in official Valve events, that using software to read data from the client during playtime will result in permanent account bans, Valve says it decided to make public this crackdown case, which is just one of many it carries out in its effort to fight cheaters.
It’s important to keep in mind that gaming cheats aren’t just a nuisance — they can also infect gamers’ PCs with spyware designed to steal personal information or mine bitcoin. Malicious Dota 2 game variants were found on Steam at the beginning of this month, using a game weakness to spread malware.
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