The surge in cheaters in the gaming industry leaves game developers playing cat and mouse against cheat developers as game studios constantly deploy anti-cheat systems in an effort to protect the integrity of games.

With monetary gain being the main motivator to cheat, delving into the dark web to obtain such tools may serve as a steppingstone for cheaters to additional malicious activities to more than just the gaming industry.

This report uncovers the malicious tools that are aiding many in a continuously growing industry that do not want to play by the rules, hardware spoofers (HWID spoofers).

We will identify what a hardware spoofer is and its capabilities, dark web discourse, immediate and emerging threats, and who should be concerned.