SECurity FUNdamentals

Bypassing Anti-Cheats & Hacking Competitive Games


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Rohan Aggarwal

With the increasing popularity of games having a competitive element, cheats have become a common method for hackers to gain an advantage. These cheats could range from a sniper bullet that felt just a little too accurate to a player teleporting across the map, and chances are that you must have been outsmarted by some sort of cheat code. Some of the most common methods include Aimbot, Wallhack, SpeedHack, DropHack, etc.

Game developers like Fortnite, PUBG, and Apex Legends constantly face the pressure to prevent hackers from cheating. The result? Probably spending millions of dollars on Security and Anti-cheats, but still outsmarted by hackers.

Due to the limited supply of skilled hackers and a huge demand, Game Cheat development has grown to be now a multi-million-dollar industry. It’s very challenging for hackers to keep coming up with new bypasses as Anti-Cheats are improving daily and are extremely invasive, making it harder for cheats to stay undetected.

In this talk, we will share the current state of Cheats and Anti Cheat mechanisms. This talk is an outcome of our research that lasted several months, analyzing various anti-cheat leaders in the markets and us discovering multiple bypassing techniques. The talk will also dive deep into the history of anti-cheats, how they actually work, and several techniques hackers are using to bypass them.

During our research, we also developed a kernel-mode cheat for one of the top twitch streaming games and will be showcasing it. The session will end with the release of a basic kernel-mode driver that can be used as a learning resource for bypassing different anti-cheats in the market.

The adage, ‘cheaters never win’ may be moralistic but cheaters very often win in the competitive games, join us to see how hackers have been hacking against anti-cheat mechanisms.