Bethesda calls claims of huge hacking vulnerability in Fallout 76 'inaccurate'

Joanna Estrada
November 9, 2018

The thread appeared on Fallout's subreddit, with user teetharejustdone stating that Fallout 76 is just as easy to modify as its predecessors. They argued that because modders and hackers already know Bethesda's Fallout engine inside and out after modding the trousers off previous games, it'll be easy for dubious players to tinker with Fallout 76 to gain an unfair advantage. Bethesda may have warned that there were "spectacular" bugs to be found, but few were expecting this laundry list collated on Reddit - client-side modding, unsecured connections and worse.

According to the Reddit thread, Fallout 76 server traffic messages are unencrypted, which means hackers could access information about other players, such as their in-game location and health stats, as well as their real-world IP addresses.

If the server isn't verifying the data that comes through, then Fallout 76 is going to be inundated with hackers and cheaters. A more comprehensive solution for this issue, one that would fix the game's engine while allowing PC gamers to make some pretty standard adjustments, is hopefully on the way.

With terrain and collision being client side, teetharejustdone suggests that a simple edit to the.esm file would allow players to walk through nearly anything. It means that the game is ripe for man-in-the-middle type attacks, as well as other types of snooping and injection.

"Many of the claims in the thread are either inaccurate or based on incorrect assumptions". Our goal is always to deliver a great experience for all our players. Furthermore, Bethesda says that "cheating or hacking will not be tolerated".

Considering the fact that there's a relatively small window left for Bethesda to iron out all of these and the other reported issues before Fallout 76 officially goes live, we will simply have to wait and see what measures Bethesda takes in order to ensure the game is as secure as possible at launch. "We know our fan base is passionate about modding and customising their experience in our worlds and it's something we intend to support down the road".

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