Hackers blackmail “CoD” players and demand bitcoins. If you don’t pay, you lose your account with all your successes.
“Call of Duty: Warzone” from developer Activision has developed into one of the most popular battle royale shooters in a very short time. In a shooting game there is only one goal: to survive. But in order to fly into the war zone, the gamer first needs an account. Hackers have made it their goal to capture precisely these.
If you want to shine on the battlefield, you can buy new costumes and weapons for real money in the shop, and it is precisely these digital treasures that the hackers target. You can sell such accounts and items for good money on the black market. Another possibility that the thieves have discovered: blackmail.
Bitcoins against the account
If you’ve already invested a lot of gaming time and money in your virtual counterpart, you don’t want to lose your account either, and so the hackers take the virtual “I” into captivity, so to speak. In order to free him, you have to transfer a sum in Bitcoins, depending on the value of the virtual objects, so that nobody can follow the lead that leads to the blackmailers. With this method, the hackers are said to have stolen $ 12,000. This is also because they charge up to $ 2,600 per stolen account, depending on the value of the virtual items. Of course, you cannot trace exactly where the money comes from.
Sounds a bit like a crime thriller, and almost every crime thriller has a police force. In this case it would be developer Activision. But this seems to be overwhelmed with the situation. While other gaming studios can return hacked accounts in a few minutes, this process takes a long time at Activision. This is reported by several users on Twitter. Of course, this also has to do with the fact that the developer is flooded with requests.
How exactly the hackers get these Call of Duty accounts is unknown. Hacked accounts are not a new problem. In almost all esports titles there are hackers who are looking for new accounts, be it via a page where you have to enter your data or quite brazenly via the chat integrated in the game. As a rule of thumb, do not trust anyone and do not click on unknown links.