So PUBG made headlines recently when it was discovered they had banned an unprecedented number of hackers and cheaters, and soon afterward, Fortnite one-upped them by buying an entire company that focused on anti-cheating software. But if you thought those were strong reactions to hacking and cheats, then you’ll be surprised to learn that they’ve both been upshown by none other than Rockstar and Take-Two, who are so sick of one specific hacking tool that’s plaguing GTA online that they’ve actually gotten a search and seizure warrant.
Yeah. This crap just got real.
So the mod in question, called Infamous, distributes cheats at $40, and these cheats give the player an unprecedented amount of control in the game, from infinitely spawning money, weapons, items and health, to teleporting and just… instantly killing anyone they don’t happen to like. It kind of breaks the game, and Rockstar is taking no prisoners.
The Australian Federal Court has already frozen the assets of the five hackers who developed the tool, preventing them from withdrawing any money from their accounts save necessary living expenses. And now, the police can actually bust into their homes and grab anything from their homes that could potentially cause Rockstar more damage, and prove useful in their inevitable lawsuit.
Which is an extreme measure, but then, the Infamous hack was a rather extreme tool, one that could shut down an entire server if the player who used it was enough of a jerk. In the past, Take-Two has gotten in trouble for trying to shut down GTA mods, which got so bad even Rockstar tried to intervene, but I don’t think anyone who matters is going to complain much when this bad boy is finally shut down for good.
Still, the court case is pending, and it’ll probably be a long time before it’s finished.