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Infinity Ward Working on Modern Warfare 2 Hacks

"We're taking it serious, and making progress."

Infinity Ward have issued a statement reassuring PS3 players of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 that the studio are actively looking into the recent security issues that have beleaguered legitimate players of the online shooter. Though admitting it may take some time to release any anti-hacking countermeasures, they will combat the burgeoning cheating culture on their game.

Posting on Infinity Ward’s official forum, Creative Strategist Robert Bowling has updated concerned players regarding where the studio are in terms of remedying the recent hacking exploits. He said:

I just left a security meeting with the coders here at Infinity Ward where we discussed a lot of solutions. I feel good about the meeting, but of course I can’t go into detail on the possible solutions we discussed as we don’t want to give out any information that could potentially hinder the security any further.

Once I have more information, I will post it here.

The key factor I want you to know is, that while any update takes time, we are looking to make the process as quick as possible and nothing is being left unattended.

Our main focus right now is on:

1) Preventing hackers from affecting legitimate players.
2) Addressing users who have already been affected.

In his original post, Bowling continues to ask players to report inappropriate players to Sony. He also goes on to confirm that, in future, Infinity Ward will not solely rely on the in-built security infrastructure of a console. Going forward, Infinity Ward will also employ a “belts and suspenders” approach, tightening up security from a code perspective. He assures:

In the future 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.

Source: Infinity Ward forum

26 Comments
  1. BrendanCalls
    Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
    Since: Forever

    I commend them for trying to tackle this. Im still playing MW2 online. the hackers haven’t totally ruined it because there are still plenty of good lobbies out there.

    Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 09:27.
    • E8_BALL_
      Member
      Since: Jul 2010

      i too commend them, nice to see them looking after the punters(& their rep of course)
      i know its slightly old now, but cod4/mw1 is now unplayable due to hacks
      would be a damn shame for mw2 to go down that road

      i sill play mw2, along with w@w & bops (wish t.arch would patch w@w for unresolved m.making & connection issues
      paid for the game & dlc, its not on. kudos to IW

      Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 16:44.
  2. jayjay119
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    I think this is inevitable, there is always a way to combat things like this. What’s more I think developers will look at advanced security from the off now. These hackers have mada a nuissance out of themselves but at least there have been no bigger problems such as overall piracy that has affected other platforms.

    Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 09:30.
    • Kovacs
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      I agree. You shouldn’t leave your security up to the console. You should bolt in software security measures as well. The only silver lining in this fiasco is that, in future, it will likely be harder for hackers to cheat in online games.

      They’ll always find a way, of course. But (hopefully) not to this extent.

      Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 09:37.
      • Grey_Ghost13
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        Good news indeed, hopefully all devs will beef up security. Little bit more optamistic about the future of PS3 online now!

        Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 11:28.
  3. NotoriousGTT
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    Its a shame that they have to redirect resources away from new game development to stop hackers from ruining the experience but its refreshing to see a company supporting their older product.

    Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 09:31.
  4. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    surprised anyone is actually playing that shocker of a game to worry about hacking.

    Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 09:53.
    • kerrfaewishy
      Member
      Since: Nov 2010

      ^^^^^^this

      Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 09:56.
    • bigdon23
      Member
      Since: Jul 2010

      took the words right out of my mouth

      Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 10:08.
    • jcor
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      It might be hard to believe but plenty of people actually like the game!
      And let’s be honest, plenty of people have gone back to it due to the shocking issues that still plague Black Ops.

      Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 11:52.
      • BrendanCalls
        Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
        Since: Forever

        Exactly jcor, Its infinitely superior in every aspect to BlOps

        Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 12:11.
      • BrendanCalls
        Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
        Since: Forever

        except in the security bit of course LOL!

        Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 12:13.
      • GamerRiley
        Member
        Since: Sep 2008

        Agree here too, MW2 is better than Blops. I just hope IW can sort these issues out as I’ve already been hacked a week or so back….losers!

        Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 19:36.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      Yeah, I liked it for about 2 days, but then it turned in to a cheaters, glitchers & abusers paradise and a clusterfuck

      Hate it & every unbalanced aspect of it of which there are too many to mention. Connection issues aside (which I haven’t had any at all) BlOps is immeasurably superior.

      Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 12:23.
      • Awayze
        Member
        Since: Jul 2010

        What?
        Mw2 was hacks free for a year on PS3. Black Ops is not superior on any.console. Only a dumb person would think that.

        [We strenuously support people's right to disagree here on the comments section. Let's leave the name-calling - explicit or implicit - out, please - Kovacs]

        Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 12:38.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        Is that comment for real, aside from calling me dumb what about the Javelin glitch, infinite care packages glitches, AC130 glitch, cold blooded pro glitch and many many many many more

        Anyway I’m not talking just about glitches its just as much about the unbalanced gameplay, 1887’s Akimbo anyone? Tactical knife abusers?

        Even before the security flaws completely ruined it, I thought it was 99% unplayable anyway.

        Now, about that dumb…

        Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 12:46.
      • toutski
        Legend
        Since: Oct 2008

        I think bugs and glitches are slightly different than hacks. Although the bugs weren’t addressed either…

        Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 12:56.
      • jcor
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        I do still play MW2 and I do quite like it, but at the same time I agree with you cc_star, it isn’t very balanced. As you say there’s the hugely overpowered akimbo shotguns, the one man army glitch that lets you have a never ending supply of rockers/grenades for your launchers and don’t get me started on the quick scoping!

        But strangely, I do still like it. Black Ops is much better balanced. I like how they made shotguns a primary weapon again and thankfully you don’t have a tonne of 12 year olds running around either trying to quickscope each other or running around with infinite noobs. There are a couple of annoying things with it as well – rcxd cars for one, but all in all it is better balanced. Its just a shame about the connection issues etc.

        Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 12:57.
      • Awayze
        Member
        Since: Jul 2010

        They were patched over a year ago whilst IW was still a fully membered studio, stop bringing up hacks from the dead that don’t even work anymore without bypassing with RFOM on PS3.

        What about the hacks and glitches on Black Ops! Black Ops is filled with bugs because Treyarch are the worst developers ever on PS3, all they do is ban you for abusing the glitches.
        Black Ops is immeasurably superior? Suuuure it isssss, lame graphics, not as fun, boring, no good maps like Highrise, Terminal, Rust, enough said.

        Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 22:59.
  5. jcor
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    Has anyone else been playing Killzone 2 lately? I was playing lastnight and there was a player on the other team that looked like he was impossible to kill. There was at least 2 of us shooting at this guy at close range (I was even using a shotgun and pumped at least 3 shots in to him) but he seemed invincible.

    I seriously hope this hacking shit hasn’t spread to other games as the amount of hackers in MW2 now is ridiculous.

    Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 11:55.
    • Awayze
      Member
      Since: Jul 2010

      Yeh it has and it will soon to loads of other games, the fact Sony can’t do anything about it is worrying, 3.41 and 3.50 were patched within days, 3.55 hasn’t been patched, maybe Geohot and pytey were right that it really is a hardware exploit and PSN is doomed like it was on PSP with hackers using plugins to cheat online.

      Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 23:01.
  6. toutski
    Legend
    Since: Oct 2008

    Not sure why they didn’t try to support MW2 when it was actually being played en masse, instead of 13/14 months after release.

    Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 12:47.
  7. coruscant
    Member
    Since: Oct 2010

    I’m so glad they’re going to fix it. I’m not going to play it again until it’s fixed, and since MW2 is my favourite game, it’s annoying.

    Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 12:50.
  8. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    To be fair, COD problems dont bother me, I enjoy the campaigns and think the online Run and Gun is pretty boring.

    There are far better online FPS out there!

    KZ3/R3 are incoming, thats all we need y’all…

    If you are a fan of the green you have Halo so you are covered too!

    Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 16:33.
  9. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    Great news, MW2 is still brilliant, while it has been hacked to pieces, you can still pretty easily find non-hacked lobbies.

    Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 19:06.
  10. Flash
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    I can honestly say that if I was in the same room as a hacker with a gun in my hand, i’d have no problem pulling the trigger. I now categorise them with paedophiles.

    Comment posted on 25/01/2011 at 19:23.

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