Grand Theft Auto Online community members are warning players about an “RCE” remote code execution exploit that could give hackers access to users’ PCs. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to find hackers Grand Theft Auto Online. It is one of the most popular online games in the world and a frequent target of hacking services. However, these latest warnings indicate that a Grand Theft Auto Online exploits have been discovered that allow unprecedented access that can even threaten players’ accounts or PCs.
As an online multiplayer game, a lot of Grand Theft Auto Onlinetheir systems are server-side. By keeping account details server-side, Rockstar not only protects this information from outside influences, but prevents players from changing the information on their own PCs. Exploits typically find a way around these security issues by manipulating the data sent from a player’s client to the servers. That’s Rockstar’s job Grand Theft Auto Onlineits security to ensure that the data being sent is authentic before allowing it to change anything on the server side.
Yet a recently discovered exploit appears to allow just that. Rockstar reporter Tez2 has shared on Twitter that a new “extreme exploit” allows hackers to alter others Grand Theft Auto Online players’ statistics. This exploit can even be used to corrupt players’ accounts. Users report that this RCE exploit is already being used online. Affected Grand Theft Auto Online users will be “stuck in the clouds indefinitely” if they try to go online after being hacked.
The bigger fear is that hackers are only scratching the surface of what is possible with the RCE exploit. Tez2 says that “this could turn into something much worse [and] extend outward [the] game and affect your PC.” So far, it’s unclear whether hackers have taken such steps, but Tez2 recommends Grand Theft Auto Online players will take some time away from the game before Rockstar can evaluate the issue.
In its latest update on the subject, Tez2 explains that Rockstar is aware of the issue and is “logging” affected accounts. It’s not entirely clear what’s going on, based on Tez2’s description, but at least Rockstar seems concerned about it. The fact that Rockstar hasn’t provided a response or taken more aggressive steps to address the exploit either means it’s not widespread yet or is otherwise very concerning.
Tez2 recommends players use a firewall rule for Grand Theft Auto Online to protect against the RCE exploit. Alternatively, there is a “workaround” where players can delete the “Rockstar Games” folder in their documents. The situation is very messy, but the exploit appears to be real. Grand Theft Auto Online players should be careful.
Grand Theft Auto Online is now available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
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