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PS3 hacks render Modern Warfare 2 online modes “unplayable,” say fans

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

The recent breaking of the Playstation 3's hardware encryption by a team of hackers is an unexpected windfall for Playstation owners
seeking to run homebrewed apps and games on their machine, but it's proving disastrous for fans of 2009 best-seller Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Buy | Search).

The hackers' work, which allows savvy PS3 owners to run non-Sony-approved
code on their machines, has resulted in a wave of cheaters and hackers
targeting older Call of Duty titles, leaving them "in total shambles and unplayable," as one fan told Joystiq.com.

Some of those who happened upon hacked servers have suffered permanent
consequences, including the deletion of all their accumulated
multiplayer stats and experience -- and according to the Call of Duty
team, players can expect the situation to continue.

"Games rely on the security of the encryption on the platforms they're played
on, therefore updates to the game through patches will not resolve this
problem completely, unless the security exploit itself is resolved on
the platform," Activision's Robert Bowling said, posting under his
"fourzerotwo" handle on the game's official forums.

"However, that doesn't mean we're not going to look into every option available
to us," Bowling continued. "Regretfully, Call of Duty games are
receiving the bulk of the hacker's attention, due to its high player
counts and popularity. However, the number of legitimate players
severely outweighs the bad apples."

Concerned players, according to Bowling, should only play with friends until Sony addresses the PS3's security weakness.

"If you are concerned about playing with players who are hacking, I
encourage you to play exclusively with friends by utilizing the party or
private match options in Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty 4 to avoid
such players as much as possible until this issue is resolved by Sony. "

Activision's most recent Call of Duty release, Black Ops, does not rely solely on
Sony's built-in encryption, and is thought to be substantially less
vulnerable to the new wave of hacks.

Via Joystiq.

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