Titanfall 2 allegedly hacked through “easy exploit”
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The popular first-person shooter Titanfall 2 is said to have a serious security flaw that has been exploited.
Reports of the game’s hacking circulated on Twitter after members of the Titanfall 2 community, including Leon Benkovic, urged players to uninstall the game:
Several members of the Titanfall 2 community including @DirectXeon report that Titanfall 2 is currently massively compromised.
If you own Titanfall 2 on PC, * DO * NOT * start the game. For now, uninstall it until a fix is released. pic.twitter.com/lNZGbufOL1
– Wicked Good Gaming (@WickedGoodGames) September 8, 2021
Players claim that the vulnerability would allow attackers to gain local code execution capabilities from the developer’s servers Respawn. The alleged exploit allegedly affects Titanfall 2 players on all platforms – Windows, PlayStation and Xbox.
Until further information is disclosed and the reported vulnerability has been resolved, community members suggest removing the game as protection.
Respawn considers it a “simple exploit”
“We are aware of reports of a security vulnerability in Titanfall 2 and are investigating them. We don’t have any other information to share right now, but will update as soon as we do, ”Respawn said a few hours ago. The latest update from the game developer at the time of publication suggests that “we are dealing with a simple exploit that can crash games,” Respawn said.
An update: We are still investigating this issue, but our engineers believe we are dealing with a simple exploit that can cause games to crash.
We don’t think there are any more serious risks to affected players or their machines.
We’ll update again as soon as we learn more.
– Respawn (@Respawn) September 9, 2021
Therefore, Respawn does not believe that the exploit poses any serious risk to affected players and their machines and is continuing its investigation.
Hack me twice, shame on me!
This isn’t the first time Respawn’s games have been hacked.
Both the original Titanfall and Apex Legends, also developed by Respawn, saw a number of attacks from gaming fans and opponents alike earlier this year. In July, Apex Legends was hacked by Titanfall fans to pressure the game developer to revive a Titanfall spin-off that the developer canceled. In May, both Titanfall and Titanfall 2 battled a series of DDoS attacks that resulted in attackers blacklisting many players so they could not join the game. DDoS attacks have been a constant problem for Titanfall in recent years.
A user shared a screenshot from a Discord chat that offers a hypothesis on this issue:
However, a Reddit user cautioned players not to jump to conclusions as there is no concrete evidence that Titanfall 2 was hacked.
“You all panicked over tweeting a screenshot of a discord post claiming there was a zero-day multi-platform [Remote Code Execution (RCE)] in a moderately popular game, “Redditor told Scalyblue.” That claim comes with no evidence with very questionable details (an RCE that writes to random memory that is present in all implementations of the game? yes. sure.) neither established security researchers nor members of the development team. “
“I repeat. There is no POC, there is no evidence, no white paper, nothing. You have a screenshot … from a Discord post,” the post said.
Ars has reached out to both EA and Respawn with specific questions and is waiting for answers. We are monitoring developments and will update this story as new information emerges.