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Blizzard bans over 23000 Overwatch cheaters

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All 23 000 Overwatch cheaters had Korean accounts. Blizzard announced the ban on the Korean Overwatch forum with a detailed breakdown of each category. According to Google translate. most fell under "Unacceptable use of third-party programs," with the biggest number making use of "third party non-approved programs."

  • Unacceptable use of third-party programs - 61 (2016/06)
  • Use of unauthorized third party programs - 79 (2016/07)
  • Unacceptable use of third-party programs - 151 (2016/08)
  • Lucy Bowlberg Exploit Article - 249 (2016/08)
  • Unacceptable use of 3rd party external programs - 567 (2016/09)
  • Unacceptable use of third-party programs - 1,263 (2016/10)
  • Jung-Kwon Stein's multiple seat clearance / non-game sanction - 205 (2016/10)
  • Unacceptable use of third-party programs - 2,025 (2016/11)
  • Unacceptable use of third-party programs - 4,502 (2016/12)
  • Use of unauthorized third party programs - 1,163 (201/01/03)
  • Unauthorized Third Party Use of External Programs - 2,397 (2017/01/06)
  • Use of third party non-approved programs - 7,038 (2017/01/11)
  • Use of third party non-approved programs - 3,859 (Jan 13, 2017

The post went on to explain that the hack, or "nuclear programs" as it is called in the post, is currently circulating through the Korean Overwatch community, and that Blizzard is working on counter measures. According to Polygon, the hack is called "nuking" and is used to flood another players account with a Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack. In layman's terms, a DDoS attack will render your connection useless (and that's why your IP addy is a sacred thing), as it is flooded with traffic. At the end of the article is a video by Ludovic Fauvet showing exactly how a DDoS attack looks.

Blizzard, once again, asks Overwatch players to report any suspicious players. "Please let us know if you find any player who has committed fraud on Overwatch, or if you know information about nuclear, bots, or unauthorized external software related to Overwatch. Within the game, you can right-click on a player's name to report it, or email (hacks@blizzard.com) or the web-reporting form."

Have you come across any Overwatch cheaters? I've only noticed a suspension sniper once; he landed a kill with every shot and it had that "twitch" tell.

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