Motherboard Hacking Livestream: Cracking MMORPGs

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Nov 15 2017, 6:04pm

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Today we’re going to learn how security researchers work. Adrian Bednarek is a security analyst at Baltimore’s Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), and today he'll be showing us how he's broken into popular Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games.

Bednarek will show how exploits could be used on Elder Scrolls Online, Dark Age of Camelot, and Wildstar. To be clear, Bednarek has reported these exploits to the game developers and they are now patched.

Bednarek has been reverse engineering, writing low level tools to aid in the reverse engineering process, and creating custom exotic exploits for over 20 years. He specializes in reverse engineering proprietary communications protocols, especially those of MMORPG’s. In many cases he has created tools and workflows to circumvent anti tampering, software and or hardware fingerprinting countermeasures.

Check out the Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked here.

This is part of How Hacking Works, a series of stories that demystifies the art of security research in hopes of improving digital security across the board.