In Riots quest to make the most competitive shooter they have taken a firm stance that in order to properly combat cheaters they need to install a ring 0 Rootkit on your machine.
This seems to have flown under the radar of every news outlet so let’s talk about what this is and what this means for software and privacy in general.
This is plain and simple software that gives the softwares controller full remote access to your machine. Anything you do or have on it is visible to them the moment you boot up your computer. If they wish to poll what software you have installed or are running they can. If they want to send files back to their servers for analysis they can but the developers pinky promise they won’t. According to some folks it also does not uninstall if you uninstall Valorant, you have to manually remove it.
If this does not scare you it really should.
- Riot can harvest whatever data on you that they want
- Riot could be compelled by a government to use this as a backdoor into your computer
- It’s not a question of if it’s a question of when this gets breached what happens with a game that is put out by a company that claims to have the most installs internationally
- A game this large will set a precedent for not only video games going forward but for software in general
- If Riot is dissolved over night what happens to everyone who still has this installed on their system. I just uninstalled Radical Heights this month despite that game being shut down for a long time. If you do not actively remove this once support stops you’re on a timer to exploitation
- There is no clear warning to anyone installing this game that this is giving them God on your computer
Not sure what everyone else is planning but I’m hard passing on Valorant