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CS:GO hacker showcases cheating device after being banned during official match

Published: 28/Nov/2018 13:08 Updated: 28/Nov/2018 13:58

by Connor Bennett

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After being kicked from an official game for cheating, Latvian CS:GO player ra1f took to Twitter to show off a photo of his PC with a device that presumably made it all possible.

The photo in the tweet appears to show a PCI Express Lane screamer that would allow a cheater using two computers to bypass anti-cheat clients and gain information of the enemy team’s positions in-game.

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Ra1f, was kicked out of a live ESEA Advanced match – a league two levels below the ESL Pro League where top CS:GO teams play – between his team, Scotchtape, and Nemiga on November 27.

His teammates, Amadeuz and 1Tap, were also kicked. All three of the ESEA accounts linked to the kicked players now have a notice that reads: “This user is currently banned until 11/26/2020 at 8:12pm for Cheating (1st).”

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ESEA breaks down how the cheating method would have operated on their rules website. They state that some hackers believe it is ‘undetectable’ but confirm that they have been working towards cracking down on the exploit.

The process is described as such: a cheater would have two PCs – one running the game and another running their attack. The PC being used to play would have a DMA (Direct Memory Access) device plugged into it. The DMA Device, PC used to play and attack PC would be connected by a USB cable.

ESEA lays out the process of the exploit on their website.

The attack PC would then gather data and memory from the PC used to play and be able to send that information via a Raspberry Pi device which would in-turn send the in-game player locations of the enemy team to an attackers mobile.

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The Latvian confirmed in a later post that the image was showing a webpage radar that shows the information of all players in the game.

He also added that the exploit cost him around €400 and, while he doesn’t feel guilty about cheating, he knows plenty of other players who are using the exact same cheat but aren’t banned by ESEA.

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How Tabsen rebuilt German Counter-Strike

Published: 13/Oct/2020 1:51

by Alan Bernal

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German Counter-Strike was a marvel to see in the days of 1.6, and it’s been a long time since the scene had much acclaim. But Johannes ‘tabseN’ Wodarz has slowly been building up the country’s prominence in the esport alongside the rest of the BIG lineup.

Hailing from pre-Source era LANs, tabseN was there when the Germans were a force to be reckoned with, alongside the neighboring French teams of the time. But that pales in comparison to modern CS:GO, where a German player has yet to even grace a grand finals for a Major.

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Looking to right that wrong, tabseN would leave NRG Esports in 2017 to create Berlin International Gaming (BIG). He linked up with Fatih ‘gob b’ Dayik and Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninic to take Germany back to its CS glory days.

The early road was rocky, to say the least. Roster changes and injuries marred the first couple years.

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This made it hard for tabseN and co. to put together any meaningful results, with only minor success or deep bracket runs that would fizzle out before reaching the finals. TabseN didn’t win a single championship in 2019, that was his first dry year since 2012.

Then the online era of 2020 rolled around, where he was now the prominent IGL and the team had added Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische and Nils ‘k1to’ Gruhne to the lineup.

Like classic German engineering, he would create a team that could withstand major obstacles and persist pressure. This is the story of how tabseN rebuilt German Counter-Strike.

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