Grand Theft Auto 5 and Grand Theft Auto Online are two of the most popular games in the world. Both are also extensively modded by players and draw their fair share of hackers. So, hacks and exploits make up a typical Tuesday. But, if you ask us, things have just gone from bad to worse for GTA Online.
According to Rockstar insider, TezFun2, there's a new GTA Online exploit giving hackers account access to corrupt it, saying:
New extreme exploits have appeared allowing cheaters to remotely add, remove, or modify your stats and permanently corrupt your account.
For now, the solution is to avoid playing GTA Online if you don't have a firewall or just avoid playing altogether.
The ban has already hit "Mors Mutual", a roleplayer who portrays an insurance company in Grand Theft Auto Online. They claim that all they see now is just a flickering loading screen every time they try to play the game, and that they hope Rockstar can help restore their account.
For now, Rockstar hasn't released a statement addressing the issue. However, because it happened on a weekend - and during Chinese New Year - it might take a while for Rockstar to find out the cause let alone fix the problem. For now, we recommend avoiding GTA Online on the PC, even in private lobbies, until Rockstar sorts things out. Otherwise, you risk getting your account banned and wiped, perhaps permanently.
In the meantime, you might want to check out the GTA Trilogy on Steam. It's still broken, but it's mostly playable now, and at a 50% discount, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better deal.