Ever since PS4’s System update yesterday, my wireless network security has been wonky. The Network password works on every PC device in the house except my PS4, so now I’ve had to Open up and disable the WiFi wep security on the network just to get my PS4 to connect.
I’m currently using a MAC Address Filter as a stopgap measure in place of security.
Do you think Blizzard will ever publish their Overwatch hacker tracker methodology? What do you think they're doing to find them across different accounts? I don't know if you've been following what's been happening with Overwatch's hacker population, but there's a summary over at pc gamer entitled "overwatch cheaters are having a hard time"
I doubt they’ll talk about it any time soon. You generally don’t tell your enemies how you’re stopping them if you can help it. The only thing that would probably make them talk about it is if somebody discovers how it is they’re doing it and the privacy invasion legal issue is raised again.
That said, the easiest way to track offenders across multiple accounts is to have multiple redundant methods of uniquely identifying somebody and then banning them if more than a certain threshold of duplicate identifiers trigger when a new account is made. So, for example, if 3 or more of the following criteria pass:
Your computer MAC address is the same as a cheater’s
Your BIOS timer is the same as a cheater’s
Your computer’s hardware configuration has enough crossover with a cheater’s
Your computer’s hardware driver versions are the same as a cheater’s
You’ve got the same credit card information as a cheater’s
You’re using the same battle.net account as a cheater’s
You’re using a known cheater’s IP
Your contact phone number is the same as a cheater’s
They can create a hidden value in your registry or on your hard drive when they detect cheating, and then check to see if that registry value is there when you install again
Your battle.net password matches a cheater’s
Your Windows/PSN/XBL user data matches a known cheater’s
Your friends list adds a certain number of known cheaters’ friends
The point is that there are a lot of potential ways of detecting cheaters. It isn’t 100% foolproof, but the larger the number of cheater criteria a new game activation triggers, the harder it is to get a false positive. There would be ways around this, of course, but it would be highly unlikely that a cheater would obtain a new gaming machine, a new ISP, a new battle.net account, with totally different financial and account information, and a new game just to play Overwatch again. Regardless of the methodology, the best way to keep it working is to avoid about its details to anyone external.