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Nvidia Data Leak Reportedly Could Allow Warzone Hackers to Bypass Ricochet Anti-Cheat Software

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With Season 2 of Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific underway, it appears that cheating has been swept under the radar a bit thanks to Activision's Team Ricochet and their anti-cheat kernel-level PC driver.

However, it appears that could all change quickly after tech giant Nvidia was reportedly hacked last week, opening the door for Warzone cheaters to pass through Call of Duty's cheat-detector software unabated.

Nvidia Hack Could Allow Warzone Cheaters to Bypass Ricochet Anti-Cheat

According to prominent video game cheats detective @AntiCheatPD on Twitter Tuesday, the recent LAPSUS$ Nvidia leak has made it so that hackers are "now capable of signing their cheat with an Nvidia cert which is bad for all games no matter the anti-cheat."

The self-proclaimed Anti-Cheat Police Department account also went on to add that several anti-cheat services of other games have already made the move to block the leaked certificate in question.

"After talking to some cheat developers," @AntiCheatPD tweeted, "it also appears the cert is expired so anti-cheats will be able to block this cert from working."

Since their initial tweet, @AntiCheatPD said that Riot Games' Vanguard, Epic Games' Easy Anti-Cheat and BattlEye have all already blocked the certificate.

As such, this appears to be a case-by-case issue, where hackers shouldn't go undetected unless a certain anti-cheat or game doesn't block the jeopardized certificate.

At the time of writing, it isn't clear whether or not Activision's Team Ricochet have already blocked the certificate.

If they haven't, however, hopefully they do so soon. Otherwise, at least Warzone does have in-game anti-cheat mitigations in place such as the "Damage Shield," where the server disables a suspected cheater’s ability to inflict critical damage on other players in real-time.