Hacker who delayed Apex Legends tournament speaks out, swears it’s ‘a joke’

Last week, tournament Apex Legends Global Series was delayed due to a hack. While the tournament was taking place, a group of hackers attacked and “installed” hacking software for a player, allowing him to see through walls and forcing him to leave the match immediately. The event was reported in detail by GameHub in the link below:​

An individual responsible for the above hack revealed the group’s motive: they did it “just for fun”.

That quote comes from a recent TechCrunch interview with one of the hackers, who goes by the nickname Destroyer2009. In the interview, the hacker detailed that decision to target the tournament electronic Sports Apex Legends The Global Series (with a total prize pool of up to 5 million USD) is partly for fun, but also to force Respawn developers to patch the bugs they exploited. According to Destroyer2009, this was a “benevolent” hack, to make people understand that “The fair competition of the tournament is inherently incomplete”.​

Destroyer2009 said: “There aren’t many hackers who exploit bugs in such a completely harmless way to players. Imagine if it wasn’t a joke and we didn’t include any memes in the cheats, I’m pretty sure you could ruin someone’s career if they suddenly could see through walls during a tournament. fight.”

The hack took place during the North American finals and appeared to only affect two players: Noyan “Genburten” Ozkose, who suddenly could see through walls, and Phillip “ImperialHal” Dosen, who suddenly had an aimbot (increased odds). exact rate for shots). While the two were screaming about being hacked, an in-game chatbot displayed a message from the hacker and a pop-up showing options for a variety of cheats that could be enabled, like auto shoot, magic bullets, target lock, and a strange content of “Vote for Putin.”


Videos of the hack caused Apex Legends community and Esports fell into chaos, leaving players worried whether their own casual matches were now safe. But Destroyer2009 assured TechCrunch that it did not hack Genburten and Dosen’s computers, and that the exploit “has nothing to do with the server and (they) have never touched anything other than Apex’s code”.


But Destroyer2009, who worked alongside another hacker named R4ndom to hack ALGS, declined to tell TechCrunch what exploits they used, saying “I really don’t want to go into details until everything is completely patched and everything is back to normal”. Why not? Because Respawn and publisher Electronic Arts do not reward players who find and report bugs and exploits. Destroyer2009 sarcastically said that Respawn “(know) how to patch it without anyone reporting to them.”

Respawn released a statement on X/Twitter on March 19, saying the developers had “rolling out the first in a series of multi-layered updates to protect the Apex Legends player community and create a safe experience for everyone”.

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