Grant Theft oh, no!
Rockstar Games has fixed an exploit in Grand Theft Auto 5 that allowed modders to kill or kick other players, including those not in the multiplayer session or even playing the single player mode.
According the Reddit user FriendlyBaron, the PC exploit was made possible because of a new menu that shows users’ Rockstar Social Club ID numbers to other players. With the right tools, other players could then use this information to change your game, killing you at any point — even when they weren’t with you.
FriendlyBaron was streaming on Twitch when he was hit by the exploit. He left the vehicle he was driving only to instantly die, with no in-game reasoning. He said in his explanation post that the person who did this had previously been harassing him earlier in the week. Even worse, he was trying to do a speedrun of the game when the exploit was used.
Luckily, the exploit has already been patched, so PC players can go back to playing Grand Theft Auto 5’s single player mode in relative peace.
Just last month, two Australian homes were searched via warrant as part of an investigation into the distribution of the “Infamous” cheat in Grand Theft Auto 5. The code let users increase their wealth, copy objects, and get unlimited ammunition, among other benefits.
Gabe Gurwin is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter @GamingAngelGabe.