CS:GO developers earlier in the day today stated that they have reviewed the leaked code and that they haven’t found any reason for the players to panic or avoid playing the game. The current build is stable and players need not be alarmed on the situation any longer.
They clarified that the leaked code was believed to be “a reposting of a limited CS:GO engine code depot released to the partners in late 2017,” which was originally leaked in 2018. They recommended everyone to play on the official servers for maximum security, as they “continue to investigate the situation.”
Lastly, the developers have requested that if anyone has additional information about the leak, they can check out the Valve security page which best describes how to report the available information.
There was panic amongst members of the CS:GO community after news broke that the source code of the game from 2017 (Operation Hydra) had been leaked on the internet, with fingers being pointed towards Tyler McVicker, the creator of ‘Valve News Network’ (VNN).
McVicker at the moment had instantly submitted evidence in his defence to prove that he was not the source of the leak, and neither did he provide the code to the person who had leaked them.
But after CS:GO developers clarified that the leak is a reposting of the original leak that took place in 2018, McVicker is in the clear and the entire story that had been build around how the leak transpired seems to be false.
A similar announcement has been made for Team Fortress 2 as well, just a few hours back. Initially, it had been reported that a “Remote Code Execution” (RCE) exploit had been detected using which someone could access a users system if they were on the same server, due to which players had been notified to not play the game. But with this announcement, it seems like the players can continue playing the game and there is nothing to be worried about.
The scare of the whole situation has been averted and players can now breathe a sigh of relief as they continue playing the two games. Let’s see if the continued investigation leads to some other developments on the matter or not.