If you’re a fan of multiplayer online games, then you’ll know that the worst thing about the genre, other than toxic players, is the cheating. And one game series that’s seen more than its fair share of cheaters is Counter-Strike. This unfairness prompted one ingenious Redditor to create a number of fake hacks for the shooter, acting as a honeypot for cheaters who would then get banned by Valve’s Anti-Cheat system (VAC) on Steam.
User AndroidL’s fake ‘multihacks’ for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive promised everything from wallhacking, to aimbots, to bunnyhops, to extreme lean angles. This attracted a lot of would-be cheaters to try out the hacks, but what they didn’t know was that the releases “had a ‘timer’ in them which meant the features that instantly banned them would only be activated after a certain time.” The final fake hack that AndroidL put out, which was downloaded over 3500 times, instantly banned anyone who opened it and joined a game.
In the end, AndroidL’s work was viewed over 26,000 times and received over 5500 downloads. The Reddit user even posted screenshots of some of the people who downloaded the hacks complaining about being banned or having their accounts marked as untrustworthy.
By using a service that estimates VAC bans over time, AndroidL showed the effect his releases had on the number of CSGO bans (below).
The fake hacks were so successful that AndroidL has promised this won’t be the last time we’ll see them. "I'll look into doing this sort of thing again,” he said. Hopefully, all this will make anyone looking to gain an unfair advantage in a multiplayer game think twice about cheating.