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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.