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Valve set a trap to catch and ban 40,000 Dota 2 cheaters

2023-02-23 09:26 by
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Valve issued an update to Dota 2 recently that patched an exploit used by players using third-party cheating clients, and in doing so, created a "honeypot" to catch those cheaters. The Dota 2 maker announced Tuesday that it banned more than 40,000 cheaters from playing its multiplayer online battle arena game.

With the new patch, Valve introduced normally unreadable code, except for a very specific population.

"This patch created a honeypot: a section of data inside the game client that would never be read during normal gameplay, but that could be read by these exploits," Valve wrote in a blog post. "Each of the accounts banned today read from this "secret" area in the client, giving us extremely high confidence that every ban was well-deserved."

Essentially, the developer set the bait - and cheaters swam and bit on it all by themselves, without even knowing that they did so.

Valve made it clear that while the initial ban wave was "particularly large", it's just all part of their ongoing effort to remove cheaters from Dota 2, which is usually done in secret but they wanted a public example of their effort.

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