Cheaters often prosper but at great risk, as one particular Call of Duty cheater recently found out. A 17-year-old boy was recently arrested in the Beswick area of Manchester, by the Metropolitan Police's e-crime unit. For what, you wonder? Screwing around in Black Ops -- in a bad, bad way.
The culprit, whose name was not released due to his age, was reported to local authorities back in September by Activision, who probably noticed the DDoS (denial of service) attack on their Black Ops servers relatively quickly. The kid was using a malicious program called "Phenom Booter," which allows players to rack up points in Call of Duty while disabling others from playing. In essence, he was cheating big time.
The teen is now being held on "suspicion of offences" under Britain's Computer Misuse Act. Detective Inspector Paul Hoare commented on the nature of the boy's crime:
"Programs marketed in order to disrupt the online infrastructure not only affect individual players but have commercial and reputational consequences for the companies concerned.
"These games attract both children and young people to the online environment and this type of crime can often be the precursor to further offending in more traditional areas of online crime."