PS3 Modern Warfare hacking unfixable - Infinity Ward

Following console hack, Activision studio says patches won't resolve security exploits to Call of Duty 4, sequel without Sony solution; Black Ops unaffected.


Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Earlier this month, a band of hackers claimed to have broken down the PlayStation 3's front door, leaving the system open and vulnerable. Sony responded with a lawsuit against the group, and then the band of binary busters fired back its own statement. Now, it appears Infinity Ward's popular Modern Warfare series is suffering from rampant hacking as a result of the breach.

Even a snowmobile can't drive fast enough to escape hackers.
Even a snowmobile can't drive fast enough to escape hackers.

Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling recently created a thread on the official Infinity Ward forums speaking to the issue.

"Sony has recently acknowledged a breach in security on the PS3, which resulted in games to become exposed to exploits and hacks," Bowling wrote. "Modern Warfare 2 is no exception to this security exploit and we understand that some of you have experienced problems with stats and other issues associated with this."

Further, Bowling dove into the specifics of the matter, saying that patches to the game will not resolve the issues currently plaguing the shooter.

"Games rely on the security of the encryption on the platforms they're played on; therefore, updates to the game through patches will not resolve this problem completely, unless the security exploit itself is resolved on the platform," he said. "However, that doesn't mean we're not going to look into every option available to us. Regretfully, Call of Duty games are receiving the bulk of the hacker's attention, due to its high player counts and popularity. However, the number of legitimate players severely outweighs the bad apples."

Additionally, Bowling said a security issue like this is unlikely to happen in the future, as "we plan to adjust our approach to not rely solely on platform security and reduce the ability for this to happen in our games, as has already been displayed by the work Treyarch has done on Call of Duty: Black Ops to prevent similar measures."

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