Infinity Ward Gives Update On Hackers

MW3 Hacked

Last week we told you about the latest of long-running problems with Call of Duty’s critically acclaimed Modern Warfare 3. It seems that hackers had finally been able to get around Infinity Ward’s security and ruin the game for everyone. If you accidentally joined one of those lobbies, you may have fallen victim to a total stat and rank reset, regardless if you were actively cheating. The backlash from the community has been fierce, and it was this ferocity that spurred IW to make a fix to the unjust rank resets.

The following was taken from the official Call of Duty forums.

“The emergency TU that went live at 2am PST was to combat the recent wave of hack and mod attacks. We had previously released a hot-fix that prevented the spread of these virally through joining public matches. However, malicious individuals were sadly still using other propagation vectors to disseminate hacks, including one that reset a player’s rank.

This TU has tightened our security on these vectors. To be safe while we monitor the situation please continue to IGNORE friend invites from anyone you do not know.

Anyone that has suffered from a rank reset please contact Activision CS with your GamerTag. We shall be reverting all victims to the rank they attained pre attack.

We are taking all available measures to prevent future hacks of this nature. We take the sanctity of the game experience very seriously.

Please PM “G IH A IN ID II” or BanCandy if you still experience hacks in the wild. The sooner we hear about them the sooner they’ll be eradicated.”

It seems that Infinity Ward is hard at work to redeem themselves in the eyes of the community. However, this may have all been avoided if they had simply taken the time to ban individual hackers, instead of lumping everyone in the lobby together.

46 Comments

  1. Elitexx April 2, 2012
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    What site do I go to tell them I been reset?

    • Don April 2, 2012
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      U have to call it said in the article dummy

      • CJ April 3, 2012
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        You call him a “dummy,” yet you spell you as “U.” Takes a dummy to know a dummy, dummy!

    • Dan April 3, 2012
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      IN blackops you should fix the gold camo no black on just solid gold and unleash a moab in blackops

  2. frank April 2, 2012
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    dude i hate hacker but ive alwas wanted to be one :3

  3. Grandson-Purp98 April 2, 2012
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    The ones who TRUELY intended to do it will ask/contact IW to reset their stats, rank, level & prestige! D:

  4. tim lowery April 2, 2012
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    how soon should this hacking problem be resolved

    • Markdashark April 3, 2012
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      FRIEND ME ON XBOX

  5. brag April 2, 2012
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    yeah sure….fix mw3 on xbox and ps3…what about PC ? The pc meant all for cod back in the day…now the pc is the ghetto of mw3…only hackers…prestige hackers..wall hackers…fuck it..you name it..we have it

  6. NBG xCOBRAx April 2, 2012
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    1st id like to say thank you for giving us a place to speak oir mind about this problem. 2nd and i know others will agree, the game has been hacked since the second week of its release. Idk if you guys but all the older titles are ruined online. Stuff like infinate health and stupid crap like that. I personally havent seen the ac130 hack yet but that damage hack isnt new. Best example, MP7! Guys kill me with 1-2 bullets on a really steady 1 second shot and know exactly where i am when im running assasain and their aircraft shooting me when im running blind eye. Lemme point out that i hate those perks but this game is so lame u cant play without them or els ur dying more then ur playing. And finally last but not least, ban campers!!!! We would win alot more if we had help from the team. 4v6 or 5v6 is bull and u know it. Thats not kool, campers are ruining the game morw then ever! I dont care bout them on the other teak cuz ill find ek and ruin their lil campfest but on my team when im trying to win……plz help this game cuz its only april and im already ready for the next game or even worse…….Halo 4…..o how much i dread that day…

    • James April 2, 2012
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      I agree with yall 95%. There will always be campers. Most clans have them in them to control the spawns or best sides of maps. It is technically a great strategy, you just have to think of one to overcome it or revoke your status as a gamer. I know we use em. But we play to win. It’s your job to think of ways to flip spawns etc. But the rest ur dead on. No one cared to do anything on mw2. But I was banned for a day because of something someone thought offensive that my avatar said. I’m like you do know there’s like a hundred thousand hackers just on this game and I get banned??? And was definitely the second week the game was out there were hackers all over the place. If yall want to continue making money you better do something to stop this. Cause I have just as much fun playing on Skyrim or Dragon Age games. Don’t need halls headache!

    • CJ April 3, 2012
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      I never understood why campers get such a bad rap. Like it was mentioned, it is part of a good team strategy. It also seems that “camping” is closer to real life battle strategy than anything thing else. But since it is such a nuisance to a lot of MW fans, maybe someday they could add a “No Campers” lobby and make it so that if you don’t move a certain distance for a preset amount of time, say 15 seconds, you die.

      • Joel April 3, 2012
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        Or they could put deathzones (like in infected) in all the corners of the rooms! lol.

      • Joshua April 5, 2012
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        Less than 15 seconds because theyll still wait and camp till that 15 seconds are close to over make it like 5 or 10 seconds

    • Joel April 3, 2012
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      Maybe they’re just punishing you for using Assassin! lol.

    • DEADhedDOG April 4, 2012
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      I was with you untill you started whining about campers. It’s a combat simulation you moron. Find good cover, defend it. If you can’t stop running around I won’t stop shooting you in the head. You hate campers? I hate crybabys. I’ve got a bag full of marshmallow-kiss-my-ass treats, want some?

    • izekio April 5, 2012
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      to be a camper is very difficult actualy NBG becuase all good campers know not to stay after one spot for more than 2 kills so it does make the game more intresting for some people cuz you never know where there going to be out next also i cant wait for halo 4 on playstation becuase the creators so far had said no to another 10 year agreement to being a x box exclusive just like grand theft auto

  7. masterown35 April 2, 2012
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    yea, they act like its a big deal now. what happened to mw2 being hacked or cod 4? those games were definitely hacked, but its a big deal now? please……….

  8. Mark April 2, 2012
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    If you have to hack or cheat at a game to play it then you probably shouldn’t be playing it in the first place.

    • Joel April 3, 2012
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      Although cheating doesn’t really matter in singleplayer games because it isn’t spoiling anyone else’s fun. You could say that it removes all challenge in playing the game, but most cheats are there (in singleplayer) for fun.

  9. zach April 2, 2012
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    the only problem i have is that the guns are soooooooooooo under powered and all you get it fucking hit markers which is fucking gay it takes a whole damn clip to kill one person which blows cause then it makes it hard to get you kill/point streaks

    • travis April 3, 2012
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      make the m16 shoot faster between burst and select fire would be nice and more real

    • Andy April 3, 2012
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      I agree- if there was a hard core like Black Ops, that’s the only way I’d play. I don’t know how many times I’ve had 4 or 5 hits with my assault weapon on a player just to get killed by a single sniper round or a shot blast.

  10. jayden April 3, 2012
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    fix this game b4 puting map packs and shit in this game is just getting worse now and the mp7 on the ps3 ITS SO OVER POWERED fix it fix this shit game

    • Rox-E- May 14, 2012
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      Every player has the same damn MP7 and upgrades for it. Dont get all the biatching about it. If you feel its a better gun, then why not use it. Personally, I think the damn shotguns have unrealistic capabilities. Getting killed from half across the map as you rip off a clip with an AR/SMG is ridiculous. On the other hand having someone charge you from a few steps away, straight thru a shotgun blast or while you’re dumping a clip in them and killing you with a knife is even worse.

  11. Cole April 3, 2012
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    If people need to hack at cod then they are bad at the game and the deserve to be reset, hackers are making mw3 a stupid game to play. But it has gottn better oence iw started the reset sistem.

  12. Sbomba April 3, 2012
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    OMG. The most important thing in my honest opinion is the fuckin’ hitmarker that i usually get while using sniper. It makes me really pissed! I shoot with the sniper and i get the hitmarker but the enemy with his rifle shoot 2 or 3 bullets and i die. Underpowered snipers and overpowered rifles.

  13. killerxxxmonkeyxxxj4mmer147 April 3, 2012
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    Cod 4, waw, mw2 are hacked, and it makes those games unplayable.

  14. christopher beford April 3, 2012
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    really the hackers are not the problem i agree with nbg its the fricken campers they make the game suck i mean i paid 60 bucks just for a camper to sit in a corner and get me half the game. the hacks dont really cheat they just turn on fun things like 50 foot jumping i went back to mw2 for that

  15. markdashark April 3, 2012
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    HACKING IS ALWAYS ANNOYING AND HOW CAN U HAVE FUN HACKING ALL THE TIME WHEN UR NOT ACOMPLISING ANYTHING????

  16. Markdashark April 3, 2012
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    u got no skill if ur hacking. use ur own god damm skill. (sorry god) lol but seriuosly

  17. 5oh April 3, 2012
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    Hey I like to report someone that does these hacked lobby games on mw3 pc. His name is DickCheese

  18. Remilino29 April 3, 2012
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    There is nothing wrong with campers. In real war you will comfront this type of situation.
    So this game is based in reall warefare. I hate fu$@$@@k cheaters and hackers
    how is this Possible when u start a game and players start pulling all kind of assaults, supports .
    Throwing missiles every second. You take two steps and you are dead with a missile or even respawning. hackers and cheaters are loosers and lazy bastards that dont like or are willing to earn anything in life period.

    • Zack April 3, 2012
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      In real war, people don’t sit in corners. I am fine with people shooting from behind cover because that’s just defending a position. But when you are sitting in a corner with a shotgun and assassin shooting people as they come in the door, or sitting just far enough away from spawn points that you can kill someone within seconds of them spawning, that’s just cheep and ridiculous.

      • Zack April 3, 2012
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        Sorry cheap not cheep

  19. delanski April 3, 2012
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    there should be a time limit of some sort for campers….if someone is laying and waiting inside a building or room they should only be allowed 2 kills from being stationary or 1 min TOPS in that room…if they stay still for longer than that it prompts a warning to be booted from the current match unless u move…or there should be points deducted if u get the “most time spent in one place” accolade….i hate that accolade

  20. Billybobmcgee April 3, 2012
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    haa .. pointless comments!!

  21. need help April 5, 2012
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    my account has been reset from 15th prestige to no prestige lvl 1 how shall i contact activision sbout this? as i live in Newzealand..? help me

  22. Phill April 5, 2012
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    Many people hate hackers and cheaters, me too but i not so sure about mods. Just for me it is a big different if someone use mods in privat matches where you got only friends and they all like it or if it is in public match where you see unknown people that hosting it. I have big fun with friends in MW2 and all mods there. It was great fun for everyone of us. Its a bit same in MW3. I know it is not funny if you loose all stats in one game but please do not look on all hackers like they are bad, they could make really good things, even fix some bugs of game for self. It could be good if we all can use mods in our own matches with friends. Public match with some mods could be good too, just seek the different between good and bad hacks.

  23. El guevo April 5, 2012
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    I just wanted to say something about posting anythining on this site i did it with my ps3 account then when i logged i. I started receiving all kind of weird invitation from unknown member.
    So becarefull when leaving information on this site. Thank u

  24. The waiting one… April 5, 2012
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    I don’t see why ya’ll are making such a big deal about the campers? I thought this whole topic was about how Activision is trying to get rid of the hackers..? Besides if you had any freaking skill whatsoever you wouldn’t have a problem with people camping, and you would be able to kill them easily and get on, but if your not skillfully capable of doing that, then you could just leave their lobby, and go back to playing with the newbies, who run around like headless chickens. >_>

  25. shaun April 5, 2012
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    a head shot shouldnt put you in last stand..you dead

  26. A McDowell April 6, 2012
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    as a Marine (retired)snipers in real life can be called a camper you take your shot or shots and move on while a great game besides the hacker problems if the people playing the game had to do it for real…..well you guys can figure it out…. the ideal of camping does not bother me just don’t be there when i re-spawn lol

  27. ps3er wii sucks April 8, 2012
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    wii sucks noobs

  28. Ronnx28 April 25, 2012
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    I agree with almost all of the comments on here but I dont see any addressing the server and internet speeds. Its the year 2012 when I can watch the nfl on my cellphone but we cant get game servers to be worth a damn. You can be unstoppable on one map then when you go to the next you cant hit the broad side of a barn. On my screen the enemy is not even looking in my direction but in the replay I got shot 50 times or your still behind cover and the replay shows your out in wide open area. This needs to be addressed and internet speeds need to be regulated to where noone has the advantage becuase they have better internet.

  29. Rox-E- May 14, 2012
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    I agree with most of the comments on the hacking. EXCEPT for how many HACKERS are out there. 95-98% of these guys are retarded COPY CATS, not HACKERS. They simply get the info/files online and following directions to execute the hacks.
    There are actually a lot fewer real HACKERS out there and although the hacks piss me off, you gotta hand it to them… There work is pretty impressive. Just wish they wouldnt share the sh!t with all the dumb@sses out there.

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