CSGO exploit could leak your IP address to opponents

By Olivia Richman


Aug 13, 2023

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players may be able to steal each other’s IP addresses thanks to a concerning new exploit.

CSGO has continued to be a top FPS title thanks to its intense and mechanically focused gameplay combined with its free-to-play status. With the announcement of Counter-Strike 2, more people have been playing the classic shooter than ever before. Despite its popularity, however, CSGO is a bit outdated. This was further proven over the weekend when players reported an exploit that’s potentially dangerous.

According to some concerned players, there’s an exploit in the game that allows people’s IP addresses to be stolen while playing in competitive matches.

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Players are concerned about their security after it was discovered that IP addresses can be stolen by opponents in competitive matches.

A CSGO dataminer recently tweeted that he found an exploit that allowed players to gain access to enemy players’ IP addresses. He said it was probably not a common occurrence but warned players to avoid competitive matches at the moment just in case.

Aquarius then stated that he was currently reaching out to CSGO developers. He shared a screenshot of a developer responding to his warnings.

“Will have folks take a look,” the message read.

So far, however, there’s been no official response to the concerning exploit from the developer team.

No details have been revealed regarding how the exploit works. Players have expressed concern over the dangers of IP addresses getting out, leading to things like swatting. This practice has led to a lot of deaths when the situation goes wrong.


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