DayZ hackers have been slapped with global bans.
DayZ, the eye-catching zombie survival mod for military shooter ArmA 2, has in recent days been under siege from hackers who have made the game pretty much unplayable.
Yesterday the DayZ team was forced to drop the game's central server in order to prevent "any further degradation of service to DayZ players, and safeguard any corruption of player data", it said.
Service was soon restored with an update from BattlEye, the anti-cheat engine contracted by ArmA developer Bohemia Interactive.
Now, those who were hacking DayZ have been banned - and locked out of the multiplayer portion of ArmA 2.
"We got info from BE that those who have previously been using hacks have received a GLOBAL BAN via BattlEye," wrote DayZ's Rocket on the DayZ forum.
"Yes, that's right. You just bricked your copy of ArmA2 in multiplayer."
Earlier this week DayZ suffered a security breach after one of the game's forum admins deliberately uploaded an infected .exe file to the game's servers.
The culprit was able to gain access to the staff's main email account, which contained the game's various FTP details.
The infected file, dayz_auto_uploader.exe, hides its processes within your computer once it has been downloaded.
DayZ staff are now looking to launch legal proceedings against the hacker.
"His actions are going to dig him into a very deep hole and I assume he doesn't care or believes it to be a bluff like any normal person would," DayZ staff member "Tonic" explained. "Well we're not going to bluff and your actions against the forums are going to further lead us to peruse [sic] legal actions."
"I would strongly advise this person to stop his actions otherwise. DayZ is becoming a very strong community and beloved by many communities. It would be ill advised to continue what you're doing, the community does not appreciate what you're doing and I feel you will anger the zombies *Ahh everyone run*."