InnerSloth’s Among Us, which dethroned PUBG to be the most downloaded game in the third quarter of 2020, is under attack from hackers. While there have been many such attacks recently, the one on October 23 was rather big. Hundreds of players’ in-game chats were spammed with messages telling them to subscribe to the YouTube channel of one Eris Loris.
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When the players started reporting that, they also got messages threatening to “kill” the player’s device if they didn’t subscribe. The hacker also managed to remove the game’s background and put pro-Trump slogans there.
“Hackers kill all people in seconds and ruin the game. They know the imposter right from the start so they’ll blame the guys without any proofs. They also cheat through speed as they have more viewing capacity than ordinary players,” said Suraj Jadhav, an avid Among Us player.
InnerSloth said in a statement that it is “super-duper aware of the current hacking issue” and it has already rolled out an emergency server-side updating to address this issue.
Forest William, one of the three developers in the InnerSloth team, said they had already begun to roll out the update in the middle of the night but were unsure if the issue would be addressed. It is recommended that players play private games with friends until InnerSloth works to solve the matter.
How did the hacker hack Among Us?
Eurogamer was able to contact the hacker, claiming to be behind the attack, through a Discord server. While Eris Loris told Eurogamer that he wrote the hacking program/bot in merely 6 hours, there were others helping him by volunteering their computers to add more firepower to his spam efforts.
“The game stopped all of a sudden. At one point everyone around the table was there and within seconds they all died,” said Vanshika Sharma, another Among Us lover.
Eris claimed that his command and control server crashed four times because of the number of servers “donated” to him, with the group eventually growing to 50 volunteers and using two powerful servers offered, one with 16 cores while the other with 32 cores. He also claimed that they were able to hit 1.5m games, affecting almost 4.9m Among Us players.