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  • you're looking forward to a nice, straightforward game off among us.

  • Well, as straightforward as a game can be when you're trying to spot the alien imposters on a rapidly collapsing spaceship.

  • But you know the rules of the game and you know what to expect.

  • Wait, Why did that guy just vent immediately after completing a task?

  • Onley, Imposters, Convent?

  • And did someone just kill another player from across the ship?

  • And who the heck is Harris Lloris?

  • The answer is the same for all three.

  • Your game of among us has been hacked, and it's far from the first time.

  • Why is this game become the biggest target for game hackers in the online gaming world?

  • Among us is far from the first game to become a target for cheating and hacking, But there are a number of elements that make this tense game of survival and deduction one of the most inviting.

  • The first is It's been sitting there, mostly undetected for years when it was released as an independent game, giving a sci fi twist the classic games like Mafia and werewolf.

  • It slipped under the radar created by a small team of programmers at a gaming startup named Inner Sloth.

  • It didn't get much attention until 2020 when gamers with a lot of time on their hands discovered it and started posting streams of their games on twitch and YouTube.

  • Suddenly, these popular influencers brought a massive new audience to the game and, with a massive new audience, came less than savory elements.

  • Looking to take advantage among us has two main points for hacking.

  • The first is the game mechanics itself, where users can upload code and hacks to affect how their character plays to give themselves an advantage.

  • This can be relatively minor changes, like letting the character move faster or move through walls.

  • However, some powerful hacks completely throw off the balance of the game, letting player characters use imposter techniques like venting, killing other players or even seeing the impostors present in the game.

  • Some impostors even hacked the game to eliminate their kill cool down timer, letting them wipe out an entire crew before a meeting can be called to airlock them.

  • That's an instant win.

  • And what would be the fun in that?

  • These hacks largely only affect one player and can derail a game, But the Games other vulnerable point has bigger implications.

  • One of among us is most distinct features is its in game chat system, which lets players talk in real time as they discuss who's an imposter and who to throw out of the airlock.

  • But that only works if the people in the chat are the players.

  • Some enterprising hackers have managed to infiltrate those chats to promote their own interests, making the game largely unplayable as no one can concentrate on debating imposters with a dozen spam messages every minute.

  • It was October 2020 when the biggest hack attack happened, courtesy of a mysterious figure named Eris Lloris.

  • Ah, YouTube personality.

  • He hacked the lobbies of individual games and started spamming their chats with promotions for his YouTube and discord pages, along with political messages that were designed to inflame tensions.

  • Nothing lightens up a little game of suspicion and murder.

  • Like politics, right?

  • He soon escalated by threatening to hack the accounts of individual players who didn't subscribe to his YouTube channel.

  • Making it worse.

  • His pages were full of adult content in a game that was becoming increasingly popular with kids.

  • So why did this master hacker derail one of the most popular games in the world.

  • He gave an interview on his discord server in late October, boasting that he had only spent six hours developing the baht responsible for the hacks, and he used a team of 50 volunteers to build a botnet.

  • It was a small operation targeting a small game, but with a massive impact.

  • It impacted almost five million players in 1.5 million games, and Harris Lloris claimed that he hoped it would actually impact the United States presidential election.

  • That may not have played out because most players were probably just ready to airlock anyone who talked to them about politics mid game.

  • So what is among us doing about the hacks?

  • A day before the interviews, after the hacks had been ongoing, inner Sloth posted an in game message and on Twitter that they were aware of the hacks and were planning an emergency server update to make the game harder toe hack.

  • They warned of a risk in playing public games and expected to fix the hacking issues when they released an updated version of the original game in the future.

  • But for right now, players had to stay alert and protect themselves because the game small team of hardworking designers was clearly not expecting to become the gaming world's top hacking target.

  • Ah, plan sequel was announced for the game shortly after it started taking off, but was later canceled because the team wants to focus on keeping the original fresh and safe.

  • So how our players taking advantage of the lax security in this suddenly popular game, one of the most common ways to cheat in among us doesn't even involve hacks.

  • It takes advantage of one of the game's own features.

  • When players die, they become ghosts.

  • It could still help their team complete tasks in the game, but can only communicate with each other and can't influence the main game.

  • But that only applies if the players play fair.

  • Come and Cheat involves using public lobbies or third party chat apps to communicate with players still in the game and spoil the identity of the impostor, allowing a friend toe win and get revenge on the killer.

  • After all, the only person who ever truly knows the identity of the impostor is the person who just got killed by them thistles, usually followed by a quick end to the game as the imposter is out of the very next round.

  • So how could among US players protect themselves and avoid game ruining hackers?

  • The first step is knowing how to spot a hacker from a mile away.

  • One of the most common hacks affects the most important part of the game.

  • The random assignment of crewmates and imposters.

  • The ability to guarantee that the host would be the imposter was one of the first tax released, and it was only the start of cheats that would unbalance the game in the impostors favor.

  • The host turned imposter could add Cheat after Cheat, to turn what was supposed to be a game of deduction into a shooting gallery for a overpowered imposter.

  • There's very little strategy to many of these games, with fully hacked imposters often wiping out entire cruise before the first vote.

  • There is, however, one tool that players can use to get a leg up on hackers.

  • The mortgage aims of among us you play, the more likely you are to be able to notice something off in a player, While many of the hacks only affect the ability of the player using them.

  • Others impact the mechanics of the game itself.

  • Some hacks have been used to shorten voting periods, making it impossible to fully discussed suspicions before it's time to cast a vote.

  • After playing enough games, you'll notice the timing of the voting period.

  • And while you might not be able to do anything about it in that round, it'll be easy to point out to the other players during the next chat.

  • The same goes for if the lights aren't working right or if someone is moving too fast or abnormally through the game.

  • Among us is game of production, and the addition of hackers into the game is quickly becoming another mystery for the best players to solve.

  • The good news is there is one way to get rid of an end game hacker using cheats to ruin the game.

  • It's called the airlock, and it's only one vote away.

  • If you see someone acting suspiciously like being oddly aware of where other players are or moving faster than a player should be able to there either an imposter or a cheater and removing them will immediately make the game a better place.

  • Of course, there's no way to fix a game when a player is using a cheat that lets them identify the imposter immediately, in which case it's best to just block any player who is two suspicious in a game and move on.

  • If you're the host is a simple is going to the lobby and kicking them out through the control panel.

  • But that doesn't fix the bigger problem.

  • Large scale hackers targeting private games for personal gain or information as the among US team works to update the game to give it the state of the art security it needs.

  • They made one major suggestion to stay safe.

  • Stick to private games.

  • Public games put you in a pool with a collection of random players from around the world, any of whom could be a hacker.

  • That's not the case when you arrange a private game where you know everyone involved and can recruit from any site you have a presence on.

  • Even real life.

  • Private games among friends are becoming one of the hottest trends on twitch.

  • A game involving to congresswoman was even used to drive get out the vote efforts before the election and when you know everyone involved there's minimal risk of any hackers causing chaos.

  • Well, more chaos than expected when you have alien imposters running around spaceship killing people at least.

  • But that doesn't answer one big question.

  • Why are people so interested in cheating at among us?

  • Most video game hacks are seeking to achieve a specific goal, such as getting ahold of a key item without grinding forward or buying it.

  • Some nefarious large scale hackers even sought to get a hold of people's credit card information used for micro transactions.

  • While among us does have micro transactions, they're minimal Onley for buying trinkets like extra suits or pets to follow you around.

  • Additionally, among us doesn't have any rewards for winning, and it's not a serialized game.

  • Every round is its own game with no advantage.

  • Carrying over from game to game, aside from or experience among us, is a PVP game.

  • But it's not a tournament within game rewards like other multiplayer games, So why are so many people hacking it for no tangible benefit?

  • The simple answer is that they like to create chaos, while some large scale hackers like Eris Lloris are looking to promote themselves or simply enjoy scaring and threatening players, most among us hackers, air gamers who want to give themselves an advantage in a game for no reason other than to get the one over on their fellow players.

  • So they turn themselves into something more powerful than the average player and revel in the anonymity as they plot toe wipe out their fellow crewmates one by one, almost like it imposter firm or on the growing popularity of video game streaming, check out.

  • Why do you watch people playing video games or check out this video instead?

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/02
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