After reports of a dangerous exploit over the weekend, the entire PC community of Grand Theft Auto Online has been discouraged from logging into the game immediately. The aforementioned exploits can cause minor issues anywhere, such as losing game progress and currency to corrupted accounts, and in some cases slowing down PC performance. Rockstar Games issued a statement shortly after the bug was made public.

If Rockstar Games takes legal action, the cheaters responsible for the exploit could be fined huge sums.

Here’s what Rockstar has to say about the issue at hand:

We are aware of a potential new vulnerability in GTA Online for PC, and we aim to address this issue in an upcoming planned security-related game update.

If you think you may have encountered any related issues, please contact Rockstar Support.

None of the “remote code execution” vulnerabilities are immune. This means that as long as you are playing GTA Online, you are vulnerable. The cheat was distributed via the Nord Online GTA cheat mod, which has since removed the abusive functionality and apologized, saying it was “a misjudgment on my part to make this public”. It’s unclear whether Rockstar Games or Take-Two Interactive will take legal action against the cheaters, but it’s not out of the question. In the past, courts have ordered the maker of the unlimited money hack to pay more than $150,000 in 2019.

The GTA Online community is trying workarounds for players with corrupted accounts, but none have proven 100% effective. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid playing GTA Online until the Rockstar fix.

Speyedr, maker of Guardian anti-cheat software, even advised against playing GTA Online on PC and even removed Guardian from GitHub.

Rockstar Fixes Gta Online VulnerabilitiesThat’s what it’s like to imagine cheaters once Take-Two Interactive’s lawyers start knocking on his door.

Notably, Bandai Namco and FromSoftware addressed similar vulnerabilities. It ended up forcing them to shut down the multiplayer servers for the Dark Souls series for about six months. We wish Rockstar didn’t have to take such steps in GTA Online.

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