Call of Duty Announces RICOCHET, a New Anti-Cheat System with Kernel-Level Driver

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Cheating is about to get a whole lot harder in modern Call of Duty titles. Activision announced a new anti-cheat system called RICOCHET today, one that partially leverages a kernel-level driver to better assess what’s running on a player’s PC. RICOCHET’s backend anti-cheat security features will launch alongside Sledgehammer Games’ Call of Duty: Vanguard on November 5 and be added later this year to Call of Duty: Warzone, while the kernel driver will debut in Call of Duty: Warzone later this year.

From Call of Duty:

The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat initiative is a multi-faceted approach to combat cheating, featuring new server-side tools which monitor analytics to identify cheating, enhanced investigation processes to stamp out cheaters, updates to strengthen account security, and more. […]

In addition to server enhancements coming with RICOCHET Anti-Cheat is the launch of a new PC kernel-level driver, developed internally for the Call of Duty franchise, and launching first for Call of Duty: Warzone. This driver will assist in the identification of cheaters, reinforcing and strengthening the overall server security. […]

The Call of Duty staff has promised that RICOCHET’s kernel driver will operate only when Call of Duty: Warzone is running on a PC. The team clarified that the driver is not always-on and only monitors the software and applications that interact with the game.

Source: Call of Duty

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