Detecting Video-Game Injectors Exchanged in Game Cheating Communities

Panicos Karkallis*, Jorge Blasco, Guillermo Suarez-Tangil, Sergio Pastrana

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Video game cheats destroy the online play experience of users and result in financial losses for game developers. Similar to hacking communities, cheat developers often organize themselves around forums where they share game cheats and know-how. In this paper, we perform a large-scale measurement of two online forums, MPGH and UnknownCheats, devoted to video game cheating that are nowadays very active and altogether have more than 7 million posts. Video game cheats often require an auxiliary tool to access the victim process, i.e., an injector. This is a type of program that manipulates the game program memory, and it is a key piece for evading cheat detection on the client side. We leverage the output of our measurement study to build a machine learning classifier that identifies injectors based on their behavioural traits. Our system will help game developers and the anti-cheat industry to identify attack vectors more quickly and will reduce the barriers to study this topic within the academic community.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Security – ESORICS 2021 - 26th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security, Proceedings
EditorsElisa Bertino, Haya Shulman, Michael Waidner
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9783030884178
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event26th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security, ESORICS 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 4 Oct 20218 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12972 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference26th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security, ESORICS 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • Game cheating & hacks
  • Injectors
  • Underground forums


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