When playing any game online you are never to sure what rival gamers may be doing to gain an extra advantage, however it looks as if one UK gamer was using and selling a tool to kick rival players from games.
From what we can see the tool called Phenom Booter basically located rival players’ IP addresses, therefore if a certain player was doing well or annoying someone who had access to the tool they could be easily kicked from a game, the tool used ARP poisoning to attack a network, you can find out more about ARP poisoning here.
A 17 year old has been arrested for selling the tool on a forum and it is likely that he will be charged with offences under the Computer Misuse Act, apparently the problem caught Activision’s attention, therefore it sounds as if the tool was becoming pretty widespread.
I must admit I was kicked from games of Modern Warfare 2 in quite weird circumstances a few times, however it could just be a coincidence and wasn’t the result of a tool like Phenom Booter, especially in games of Search of Destroy.
This is the first time that a person has ever been arrested in the UK for an alleged online gaming offence, personally I think it is great that action is being taken against such users, I just wish there was a more affective way of reporting abusive players, as I think that some gamers know that they can say what they want without any repercussions.
Do you think someone has used such a tool against you on Modern Warfare 2 / Black Ops?