Australia is under cyber-attack and the CCP are reportedly behind the largest digital-terrorism in modern history… so don’t play Valorant.
Although the largely Chinese funded, unsurprisingly, Australian mainstream media are calling it absurd, the authorities have said that China is behind the largest cyber-attacks on our Networks ever.
On Friday 19th of June, our Prime Minister Scott Morrison alerted the nation that we are under attack. He stated that the attack on Australia “hadn’t just started”, and that Aussie businesses — both big and small — and governments are being widely targeted.
Scott Morrison, and other authorities, allege that China is the culprit in these cyber terrorism but they are now panned as being racists by the mainstream media.
At first Morrison described the attack to be “state-sponsored”, which indicates that a foreign government is behind it. When asked who that might be, Morrison refused to directly mention the attackers in attempt to avoid escalation but strongly hinted at China with the following comment, “there are not a large number of state-based actors that can engage in this type of activity.”
An announcement posted on the government’s Australian Cyber Security Centre website describes the attack as a “cyber campaign targeting Australian networks”.
The announcement explains that the attackers are primarily using “remote code execution vulnerability” to target Australian networks and systems. Remote code execution is a common method used by hackers in which they attempt to insert their own software codes into a vulnerable system such as a server or database.
What a lot of Australian’s don’t know is that the recently released free-to-play shooter Valorant makes your system extremely vulnerable to these type of hacks and even grants Tencent, one of the world’s largest Chinese conglomerates, un-monitored and unlimited access to your system.
Valorant’s Vanguard — ironically — is the game’s anti-hack system and it grants Tencent ring-0 access to your system. It’s not the only anti-cheat system that has such intrusive authority over your machine, but other companies have been harshly criticised doing the same.
The problem, however, is that Valorant is a game published by Tencent.
Tencent has strong ties to these CCP yet, despite demands calling for an investigation into their internal affairs, have not been called out for sharing highly sensitive and stolen data from both Chinese citizens and foreigners with the Chinese government.
The Japan Times reports: “On March 16, China watcher Chenchen Zhang shared an anecdote on Twitter about a member of the Uyghur Muslim minority who was stopped at mainland China’s border with Hong Kong and interrogated for three days simply because someone on his WeChat contact list had recently “checked in” with a location setting of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The authorities apparently feared that the Uyghur man had traveled on pilgrimage to Mecca without permission, warning that such a move could yield 15 years in prison”
China prime suspect in Australian cyber-attack. Tencent have handed over very sensitive data to the CCP prior, and their apps and games have dangerous access levels to your systems.
In a censored YouTube video, analyst and reporter for China Uncensored, Chris Cappell explained just how Tencent owes its success to the CCP and how the two of them have worked closely before.
Cappell said, “WeChat [Tencent’s message app] has full permission to activate your microphones and cameras, and track your location, access your address book and photos, and copy all of this data at any time to their servers.”
After comparing Tencent’s WeChat messaging app to the television from George Orwell’s 1984, Cappell adds, “the company would never have grown to that size if it was not for their close relationship with China’s government.”
If you’re Australian you shouldn’t play Volarant during China cyber-attack because of Tencent and their strong relationship with the CCP.
So, yes, Valorant does make your computer vulnerable to cyber-attacks. By installing the game you are also potentially giving a company that has a ‘very close relationship’ with government who is allegedly carrying out the attacks on Australian networks full access to your system. Considering that China is the prime suspect in the Australian cyber-attack and now understanding the past transgressions of Tencent and their close ties with the CCP, you should be cautious.
Do you trust China enough to install a mediocre first-person shooter game that could give them full control of your system? Would you even trust your best friend with that kind of access? Let us know what you think in the comments below.