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Activision report says hackers hid malware in Warzone cheats

Cheaters are getting hacked on their computers with new malware.



Some cheaters received an unexpected surprise as a new Warzone hack has been discovered to have malware.

An extensive new report published Activision security research division reveals that a popular cheating tool that hackers use in Warzone was actually used to hack into players’ computers.

The report says that the company found a specific cheat was designed to be used “against gamers by masquerading as a cheat for Call of Duty: Warzone. This particular tool is considered a dropper, a piece of malware that is used to install or deliver an additional payload, such as credential stealing malware, on a target system or device.”

Further, the report reveals that the “dropper”, which is “a dropper is a means to an end, rather than the end itself – but still is a critical link in the chain,” continued malware. “The dropper examined in this report, “Cod Dropper v0.1”, can be customized to install other, more destructive, malware onto the targets’ machines,” Activision’s new report says.

This is the cheat in question, per the report and how it was accessed for users who downloaded it.

The creators of this cheat, as described in the report, were explaining to users how to then take over computers of users who installed the said cheat onto the PCs.

A message shared by Activision in their report exposes what the cheat was doing to users’ computers. Discord messages showcase the intentions behind this:

Players who used the said hack were then targeted on their own computer to have their data taken against their permission. The executive report published goes in depth as to what this software did.

The 26 page review concludes with that fact that it looks like a genuine cheat, but in fact is a malware that destroys your own computer and data.

“When it comes down to it, the dependencies for a “genuine” cheat to work are the same as those needed by most malware tools to successfully execute. System protections need to be bypassed or disabled, and privileges need to be escalated to allow the program to run correctly and/or establish persistence.”

“While this method is rather simplistic, it is ultimately a social engineering technique that leverages the willingness of its target (players that want to cheat) to voluntarily lower their security protections and ignore warnings about running potentially malicious software.”

Cheating has been a major problem for Call of Duty: Warzone since the game’s launch in March 2020.

Activision has promised more streamlined communication on cheating situation recently, with Raven Software providing almost bi-weekly updates on ban waves. The studio recently banned 15,000 accounts, and they are approaching a total of 400,000 bans here soon.

Source: VICE

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CoD: Mobile launches crossover event with Warzone Season 3

Now that Warzone Season 3 is finally here, CoD: Mobile has launched a massive crossover event to celebrate, and this brought new cosmetics.



Hazmat soap skin in Cod Mobile

Verdansk received an 80s-themed makeover in Warzone’s Season 3 update, and celebrations are taking place with Call of Duty: Mobile in a limited-time crossover event in which you can get some exclusive items.

The Season 3 update for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone brought a plethora of exciting new content to both titles. The revamped Verdansk ‘84 map was the biggest and most notable change, and you can now play in new areas.

CoD: Mobile is joining in on the fun through a limited-time crossover event with Warzone Season 3. This will grant you the opportunity to unlock unique items in the handheld game, so here’s everything you need to know about the event.

When is the CoD Mobile and Warzone crossover event?

CoD Mobile Warzone crossover event

The Warzone crossover event with CoD Mobile went live on April 22, at the same time Verdansk ‘84 became the new Warzone map.

You’ll be able to hop in and enjoy the event until May 4, giving you two weeks to earn some neat in-game rewards.

How to get new skins in CoD: Mobile and Warzone crossover

If you want to get your hands on these exclusive items in CoD: Mobile, then you’ll need to drop into Warzone, and play through a match in any playlist. This will grant you a special CoD: Mobile token in your account.

 Hazmat bomber skin in CoD Mobile

Once you have the token, you can then redeem it for one of three Operators. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Link your Call of Duty account in CoD: Mobile.
  2. Use that account to jump into Warzone Season 3.
  3. Play through a single game in any playlist.
  4. Wait up to 72 hours to receive an exchange token in your mailbox.
  5. Claim the token and visit the ‘Radioactive Agent Redemption’ tab in the Events menu to unlock an Operator.

When you link your Call of Duty account to the mobile game for the first time, you will also receive the Ghost – Stealth Operator.

The three available operators are T.E.D.D., Hazmat Soap, or the Hazmat Bomber. However, it appears you can only choose one per account, so pick wisely.

With CoD: Mobile also in a brand-new season, you have even more cosmetics, weapons, and other rewards that you can collect by jumping into the battle royale. You can take a look at all of these in our Tokyo Escape patch notes.

Image Credits: Activision

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How to win Warzone Verdansk ’84 Gulag: Tips and strategies guide

The new Warzone Verdansk ’84 map brings back a fan-favorite map for players in the Gulag that you will need to know how to win when playing.



Warzone gulag season 3

The latest Warzone update has brought the new Verdansk ’84 map and a new Gulag layout for players to battle out their intense 1v1s during Season 3.

In Warzone Season 3, players can finally experience Verdansk ’84, a reimagined version of the classic Warzone map set in the 1980s.

Along with this new map, a new Gulag is also present, which many dedicated Call of Duty players may recognize from Black Ops 2.

Warzone Verdansk 84 Gulag

Standoff Gulag

For those unaware, the Gulag is where players fight for a second chance after their first elimination, which could either end in them dropping back into the map or being sent back to the lobby, depending on whether they win or those.

Warzone’s Gulag has been updated in the past, with the previous layout taking the form of the Black Ops series most popular map, Nuketown. In Call of Duty Warzone Season 3, the Gulag has taken the layout from fan-favorite Black Ops 2 map, Standoff. Check out the cinematic trailer below.

Although the layout is slightly different, taking on a smaller scale, it will still feel similar to those familiar with the Black Ops 2 map.

The new Warzone Verdansk ’84 Gulag is smaller than the previous Nuketown one, making for intense engagements. The Layout is taken from Standoff’s center, with the tank and building opposite each other.

If players take too long to battle it out, the flag will appear in the center of the map, next to the tank, and just past the wall outside the small building structure.

For those who aren’t aware, the building features a window that looks out on the opposite spawn but is aware as players can also come through the bottom floor or even a ladder at the back.

Warzone Verdansk 84 Gulag

How to Win Verdansk ’84 Gulag

The best strategy so far seems to be getting to the top floor of the building, whatever side you start on. Be cautious, as both spawns have options to get to the top floor fairly quickly, and you could be staring right at someone as soon as you reach the top.

The top floor is a great spot to take as you can gain an advantage on the opponent if they decide to ignore the building and take the street route where the tank is. Further, the top floor also allows you to peak at the bottom of the building, catching out those opponents who want to sneak through.

It does seem a bit harder for spectators to see what’s going on in the Verdansk ’84 Gulag map, as the walls and building structures mean you might be having to look through the walkway floor to help your teammates with callouts.

For more on Warzone Season 3, take a look at Call of Duty’s full guide on their website and check out our best Swiss K31 loadout. Stay tuned on Charlie INTEL for Call of Duty news and updates.

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Best Warzone Verdansk ’84 Season 3 Landing Spots

Want to get the best loot possible in Verdansk ’84? Here are the 5 best landing spots in Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3 that will set you up for the best chance at victory.



best landing spots warzone season 3

Like most battle royale games, your survival in Warzone is dependent on the loot you collect. There are many ideal landing spots on Verdansk ’84 that provide good loot in Season 3, and we’ve narrowed down our top five.

The battle royale title of Call of Duty: Warzone received some massive changes in its Season 3 update, with the biggest one being the introduction of the new Verdansk ’84 map. Following the nuclear destruction of the modern-day Verdansk, players were set back to 1984 and now have a different version of Verdansk to do battle on.

One of the most important things to consider when planning a strategy for a match is choosing which of the many landing spots to land at and begin securing loot and cash. This is ever more important in Season 3, with many fan-favorite landing spots changing drastically and new ones having been added.

This is why we are here to help you by bringing you our top five landing spots for Warzone Season 3.

Best Landing Spots in Warzone Verdansk ’84 Season 3

Best Landing Spots Warzone Season 3

5. Verdansk Airport

Best Landing Spots Warzone Season 3  Airport

One area of Verdansk that underwent some major changes with the transition to 1984 is Airport. Players will find a great deal of worthwhile loot in the new airport that make it one of the best landing spots in Warzone Season 3 when it comes to getting geared up fast.

The lack of destruction of this new Airport also prevents players inside of the building from being sniped by players in the air traffic control tower or the roof thanks to a fleshed second-story area with great loot, making it a much more appealing place to land and loot.

4. Gorengard Lumber Yard

Best Landing Spots Warzone Season 3 Lumber Yard

Verdansk ’84 did not make any significant changes to Lumber Yard, but it also did not take nothing of value away making it still one of the best places to land for loot.

We suggest starting at the lumber warehouses and working your way around the area in a circle to snag the valuable loot that can be found and to keep everything in front of you to avoid being caught in a crossfire in the middle by enemy teams.

3. Downtown Tavorsk District

Best Landing Spots Warzone Season 3  Downtown

The downtown area of modern-day Verdansk could be a frustrating experience with its dense population of tall buildings that would provide plenty of areas for rooftop campers to hide and wait. However, the jump back in time to 1984 has done a great deal to remedy this problem.

Players can now make their way through the much more open area of Downtown and collect all of the powerful loot and cash it offers without having as many hiding spots for enemies to possibly be hiding in to worry about. You will also find yourself inside of most circles to start a match in this area.

2. Superstore


There is no denying that Superstore was one of the top landing spots in Modern Day Verdansk and will no doubt continue to be one of the best landing spots players can choose during Warzone Season 3.

Its high concentration of loot, cash, and contracts make it a very attractive place for players to begin their matches at and also offers the opportunity for teams to right into the fight if they are feeling dangerous.

1. Summit


Plenty of changes were made to various areas of Verdansk with its jump back to 1984. However, the most significant change came with the addition of the Summit location that greatly increased the size of the Dam area.

Summit brings a vast new place for players to explore and has one of the highest concentrations of loot in Warzone Season 3, making it one of the best landing spots you can pick if you want to leave with enough cash for a loadout and plenty of other useful items from a buy station.

That covers the 5 best loot rotations in the Verdansk ’84 map for Call Of Duty: Warzone Season 3 thanks to the game’s official strategy guide. There is no doubt that plenty of players are excited to start collecting wins on the new map, and these landing spots will no doubt help you and your teammates set yourself up for success in every match you jump into.

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