PS3 hackers run roughshod in ‘Modern Warfare 2’ online gameplay

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” players accustomed to living and dying online according to rigid in-game rules may need to adjust their expectations. A sudden hacker invasion in the PlayStation 3 version of the hit shooter has caused myriad problems for legit players – chief among them the loss of all in-game stats. But that’s not all.

PS3 hackers run roughshod in 'Modern Warfare 2' online gameplay

Some effects encountered within a hacked match are: increased (or reduced) movement speed, increased jump height, infinite care package/emergency airdrop markers and the ability to leave the map – all evinced by the following video via Electronic Theater.

Reports surfaced last week about the hacker influx, and the news garnered a bleak prognosis from developer Infinity Ward. Community Manager Robert Bowling initially pointed out on the company’s forum that the PlayStation 3’s recent security breach has left the game’s online component defenseless against manipulation. Later the company changed its tune and confirmed they were taking  steps to address the issue, but admitted, “At this time, we do not have the ability to restore or adjust individual stats.”

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Hacking has long been a thorn in the franchise’s side. Unscrupulous players were employing similar tricks in 2007’s “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,” and the Xbox360 version of “Modern Warfare 2” is no stranger to the problem either.

We’ll update you if more information becomes available.

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