This comes after Guilty Gear Strive suffered from various hacking issues
Players enjoying BlazBlue: Central Fiction on Steam should probably be very careful about who they run into right now.
There are many reports that hackers are targeting BlazBlue players with forced installation of malware that can seriously compromise computer security.
According to the said information, there is currently an exploit in BBCF’s online lobbies that allows someone to send a payload to another player who has to download and run it.
What this malware can do to affected users is still under investigation, but Twitter user Pangea probably obtained the malicious script for testing.
For any blazblue heads out there. Be careful 😔🙏 pic.twitter.com/4fXt2AePsA
— Yuso (@Yusoooo_) July 15, 2022
What has been discovered so far is that this particular payload disables Microsoft’s Defender firewall and replaces one of the game’s scripts with another.
Even if this particular malware doesn’t do much damage, this level of exploit open in BlazBlue opens the door for potentially much worse if the problem isn’t fixed soon.
Fortunately, reports indicate that most firewall and antivirus software will catch and block these attempted security breaches, but BlazBlue players should proceed with caution online.
More information on the BBCF payload via VT (in the reward account), we have some information on what the payload does, specifically:
-Disables MS Defender firewall
-Removing the file containing the original powershell script that brings the DLL into play pic.twitter.com/GXZrvLGOkE
– Pangea (@Pangaea__) July 15, 2022
While most of the discussion of the alleged hack has been linked to Central Fiction’s lobbies, there are conflicting reports as to whether online ranked players are also susceptible to this phenomenon.
There’s currently no word on this happening in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, but given that both games have been updated this year with a new redemption network code, it’s probably best to play it safe for now.
This isn’t the first time that Arc System Works fighting games have been the target of malicious online activity in recent weeks, as Guilty Gear Strive has also been plagued by recent issues.
I don’t know if others have done the same with the GGST hack, but I’ve submitted a detailed support ticket. @ArcSystemWorksU and I recommend you to do the same so that this problem is solved as soon as possible.
My game literally no longer starts due to outside interference.
— アニャ Anya@Eorzea (@ban_anya) June 19, 2022
It’s not the same as trying to install malware on your computer, but hackers have found a way to change a player’s in-game information, which can cause them to be kicked from online servers or even potentially logged into their account/game.
BlazBlue’s current situation is very similar to the security exploit found in the Dark Souls PC ports that forced From Software to take down the servers, so hopefully Arc System Works is already aware of the problem and working on a fix ASAP.