Hacker threatens to publicly disclose Overwatch source code

The methods used to secure technological developments can sometimes seem drastic. Web application security specialists report that an anti-hacking watchdog has threatened to reveal the code base of the popular videogame Overwatch, as well as the source code of a hacking tool, as he believes that developers don’t take security seriously.

The watchdog, identified as GamerDoc, has broad recognition among the Overwatch user community, ensures that he can no longer support Blizzard security approach, as he considers that he is not strict enough to end the hacking and other problems in the game.

In an open letter, GamerDoc declared a one-week ultimatum, after which he will reveal to the public the aforementioned developments, which could generate an unprecedented wave of hacking, web application security experts mention. “In 1 week from now, I’ll drop everything on a folder; If I don’t get a proper answer, I’ll make this game five times worse than it already is,” says GamerDoc.

The vigilante says he will only exploit some security vulnerabilities to speed up Overwatch’s death, a process Blizzard itself began. According to GamerDoc, the code of these weaknesses is used to develop ways to cheat on game. “I’m not going to stand here and pretend everything’s okay,” the annoying hacker says.

It is worth mention that, in his publication, GamerDoc complains mainly of:

  • Overwatch’s current balance
  • The lack of contact between developers and the competitive community
  • The lack of interest of developers in investigating ways to cheat in competitive play, in addition to other omissions, such as not shutting down Discord servers used to launch attacks on some Overwatch players

“I know as soon as I act, everything will get worse. That’s what I mean,” GamerDoc concludes.

According to web application security specialists at the International Institute of Cyber Security (IICS), combating hackers is the main problem for both developers and Overwatch users. Combating these practices has even transcended boundaries, with hacker cells in various locations being ejected from the platform, although this seems to be endless work.