In an effort to combat rampant cheating issues in the PC version of Call of Duty: Warzone, Activision recently announced an anti-cheat that works at kernel-level similar to that of Riot Vanguard, the anti-cheat system for Valorant.
Activision states that Ricochet’s “backend anti-cheat security features will launch alongside Call of Duty: Vanguard” while its kernel-level driver will release with Warzone’s Pacific update. “The driver element of the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat system will check the software and applications that attempt to interact and manipulate Call of Duty: Warzone, providing the overall security team more data to bolster security.”
Unlike Riot Vanguard, the kernel-level driver will only run when players launch either Warzone or CoD: Vanguard, and will promptly turn off as soon as the game shuts down. Activision also encourages players to report suspicious activity which will provide a great deal of help thanks to the use of Machine Learning that will identify and adapt to deal with hackers and cheaters.
But things are already going awry for Activision as the anti-cheat drivers have been leaked to hackers. This has been confirmed by multiple anonymous sources who state that the anti-cheat is “nothing special” as is it already being reverse-engineered by cheat developers.
Although it could be possible that the anti-cheat has been leaked intentionally in order to test any or all vulnerabilities before it is rolled out to the general public. The leaked build could also be a fake-out to waste hackers’ time while the final release might end up being something entirely different.
Either way, we’ll be seeing the end result when Call of Duty: Vanguard launches on November 5, 2021.
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