I noticed that after playing on a hacked server in MW2, I had a ping counter for the rest of my session. This made me a little curious about how the hacks worked, since it would seem that the hacked server in fact injected some code into my game. If that's true, then I am wondering if the hacked servers could in fact exploit the game code to run attacks on my machine. Finally, if that were the case, I would be extremely curious as to what security measures I could take to prevent maliciousness against me. Finally, are the hacks executed on the network level or the software level or both?
- Do the hacks inject code or otherwise insert compromise into my game?
- if so, is that compromise in any way dangerous?
if so, is there anything that I can do about it?
- and how do they work? (vaguely, out of curiosity)
EDIT: I want to be clear: I'm not asking about security risks if I install the hack. I'm asking about the security risk if I join a game and the server is hacked.