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TF2 and CS:GO source code leaked, players warned not to play titles

The leak could allow hackers to gain access to your computer.

The source code for TF2 has been leaked to 4chan with reports stating that hackers have already cracked the code allowing them to remote access anyone’s computer who happens to be in a game with them.

Gamers are being warned to not play or even uninstall any Source engine based games which include Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Gary’s Mod and Half-Life 2.

The leak appears to come from a clandestine group of hackers and modder that who regularly shared Source Engine code, and who went by the name Lever Softworks. They would attempt to recreate unreleased games and investigate the source code as a hobby.

The code in question was reportedly leaked back in “late 2018” but on 22nd April the code found its way onto the notorious 4chan website.

 

 

Twitter user JaycieErysdren, who claims to have been part of Lever Softworks, shared some details about the leak.

 

 

The Tyler in question is Tyler McVicker, creator of the Valve News Network and also a member of Lever Softworks, he has been accused of leaking the code to 4chan, an accusation that he denies.

 

 

JaycieErysdren backs up Tyler's assertion and that's that a “mentally unstable” member of the group, who was kicked yesterday for “problematic behaviour including racism, homophobia and transphobia” was the true source of the leak.

He then goes on to detail the extent of the leak and what it means for the players of Source engine games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The leak has already led some communities in Team Fortress 2 to take down their servers including Creators.TF who posted Tweeted to say that their servers will be down for the "foreseeable future".

 


There have been unsubstantiated reports that hackers have already found a way to use the source code to gain unauthorized access to other player's computers, but we can't confirm this information. 

Players are advised to, at the very least, not play source engine games until the leak and any potential patch can be rolled out.

Valve has yet to comment.

 

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