Warzone’s Ricochet anti-cheat : already blown ?

Posted by admin October 24, 2021 in NEWS

On October 12, 2018, Call of duty decided to make its first step in the game genre which had gained recent widespread popularity, the battle royal. Despite being call of duty’s first BR, BLACKOUT was one of the most played battle royal games in 2019 and after making a massive success, Activision decided to reconquer this genre once again with a brand new game: CALL OF DUTY: WARZONE, which was released on March 10, 2020. Activision’s newborn’s success was tremendous and beyond any expectations. The franchise generated billions of dollars for the company within almost a year, which is mind-blowing, it also facilitated more visibility, notoriety, and influence for a lot of streamers and content creators.On April 21, 2021, the game surpassed the bar of 100 million players, a number that a lot of games dream of.

However, and for the last couple of months, this number started decreasing exponentially for just one and only reason: HACKERS.The company has one of the poorest security systems in the world and Regardless of generating millions of dollars weekly, they never considered investing that money on improving the game infrastructure which led Viksstar, who is a COD partner, to be the first to start the wave of boycotting the game and later on other COD figures, such as NICKMERCS who announced that he’s quitting the game until they fix it, joined the movement in hopes of making a change.

Unlucky for them, and mostly for us, Activision didn’t lift a finger and all of this boycotting led just to some weekly or monthly ban waves, but nothing concrete was made to upgrade the game security and to prevent cheaters from ruining the game until last Wednesday, Oct 13, 2021, which was a historical day for most warzone players.Indeed, on this day, Activision made a huge announcement of one of its most waited features:‘Ricochet’ anti-cheat system that will soon make its way to both Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Briefly, Ricochet is a kernel level driver, similar to the anti-cheat method used in Valorant, that looks out for any attempts made by applications on a gaming PC to meddle with Call of Duty’s game code. This means of combating cheaters has proven highly effective but naturally raises privacy concerns given its level of system access.However, according to Twitter user AntiCheatPD, the Ricochet driver has reportedly leaked and has already found its way into the hands of cheat manufacturers and other bad actors.AntiCheatPD also stated that the driver’s protections are “not that great and will be reversed easily”.

Fortunately, there’s a theory that might provide a silver lining.leaking the file, as its official driver, might be a simple bait with the intention of steering cheat manufacturers towards exploiting vulnerabilities that do not exist in the actual driver. However, there’s no way of knowing this for sure as confirmation would only serve to blow Activision’s cover.As excited as we might be, the RICOCHET’s situation is still blurry and until its official release, we can’t confirm anything.We shall wait and see …