Taking Aim at GTA Online Cheaters

Posted on January 16 2014, 7:00am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Support, Games
Update Jan 16 – Please note that today’s maintenance has now been completed and Grand Theft Auto Online is back up and running. Thanks again everyone for your patience.
In recent weeks, a small number of Grand Theft Auto Online players sought to exploit the game by generating and distributing game-breaking amounts of in-game cash, disrupting the experience for other players.(Updated)
We will continue to issue title updates on an ongoing basis to counter the negative impact this has had on gameplay, and as part of today’s maintenance period, we are removing the counterfeit GTA$ from the game's economy. Anyone who innocently received GTA$ as a result of these exploits but did not engage in cheating to acquire it will not face any further action - the funds will just be removed, and you'll be able to keep any items you currently own.
Those who actively engaged in cheating and exploiting the game in this manner will, however, be subject to in-game penalties at our discretion. This may include being placed in isolated cheater pools or banned from GTA Online altogether.
Should you ever encounter someone in GTA Online that appears to be taking advantage of exploits in your session, we ask that you alert us directly via the in-game reporting functionality. In the Pause menu, under the Online tab, select Players and scroll to the offending player. From there, select Report and choose Exploits from the violation options.
We're grateful for the community's continued support in dealing with these issues and once again apologize to anyone that has had their Grand Theft Auto Online experience sullied by these exploits that broke the game's natural flow. Please stay tuned for lots more news about GTA Online in the weeks ahead.

  • R* Kon January 16 2014, 9:54amFlag
    We’re happy to report that today’s maintenance has now been completed and Grand Theft Auto Online is back up and running. Thanks again everyone for your patience and understanding, and be aware that you will need to reboot the game in order to regain access.

    If anyone has any further questions on the above article, please check out the following FAQ at the Rockstar Support site:

  • SamiandDanion September 17 2016, 12:31amReplyFlag
    I was just playing the Pacific Standard Job heist and when somebody died I restarted and got BANNED PERMANENTLY!
    • KarelMalone907on September 9 2016, 9:23pmReplyFlag
      can you upload images for you crew emblem, it would be a lot easier to do for players
      • xGARFIELDx562on September 6 2016, 2:44amReplyFlag
        • Fitzee20on August 30 2016, 5:01amReplyFlag
          I've been banned from online, for apparently cheating/exploiting ? I have read up on why I think I've been banned and think it's because I loaded online with a mod installed called script hook which I don't think even works online and I didn't attempt to use it either, I now know you shouldn't load online with mods installed, I've submitted a ticket but haven't had any response what so ever, I genuinely didn't realise I would be banned for loading the game with mods! I didn't at any point use them/exploit the game in any way just played like I normally would, surely you can review that and see what I'm saying is true? The ban isnt justified at all? I've spend a lot of money on this game as has everyone else, and I could accept being banned if I Warrented it, but I literally haven't exploited or used a mod online, just loaded the game with them installed which I now know you can't do! I understand pleading ignorance sounds like BS, and I should have read up before loading I guess, but I really didn't know this would result in a ban or that I was violating rules for online play, like I said, that mod only works offline so I assumed there would be no issue? Please review this, nobody has looked at my ticket I've submitted and I do feel I've been unfairly banned?! Thanks
          • UndyingPho3nix_-on August 6 2016, 2:28amReplyFlag
            hello I was in my was minding my own business when 2 people teleported me killed me with a lot of explosions there names are Major_x_Payne_ , and ll-H4T3DxSLOW-ll. their levels are really high and almost impossible to reach like 684 and 6666. .-.
            • lollapalozer73on August 2 2016, 6:01amReplyFlag
              Was in a race lobby the other day and someone was at level 7999. That's impossible without cheating
              • GOOD_FAITHon July 19 2016, 4:34amReplyFlag
                to rock star games pease do somthing to thease modders i lost over $200.00 dolers in shark cards money becouse some modder put monie on my acount so i hade to deleate it i dont wont to be any way fourm of a cheater i think if this is what your about theen it will be the last game i ever buy from rockstar if that is the case then i have lost out on on 420 dollers this just get me thinking i cant trust any ameerican compeny or corp true fake ppl u cant trust americans they lie and will take your monie and run away with it stop doing bisness with any americans
                • persgaming1on July 15 2016, 3:04amReplyFlag
                  About 3-4 months ago a modder nodded my money. It has ruined the game for me since there's no point in doing anything since I have the money. I miss having to grind for money. Its no fun anymore being able to purchase everything. Please remove all my nodded money so I can play the game as intended. Thanks For The Support- GTA Player
                  • staroxx222on July 2 2016, 5:49amReplyFlag
                    I would like to say something about the crew called "Osiris Industries". This crew has scammed Rockstar Games by claiming to sue the company because "they purchased a shark card and never got the money" or "lost a very expensive vehicle and can't retrieve it" multiple times. This is not only an ilegitament way of obtaining money, it is also fraud. Just wanted to say this, and I couldn't find the proper location for sending this.
                    • milky_careeron June 11 2016, 2:56pmReplyFlag
                      Dear R*,Very often I see other players who have ridiculous Levels, K/D ratios, and tons of cash. It doesn't bother me a bit. Perhaps it's a testament to the game's realism that players actually get worked up over a bunch of pixels on a screen? If you consider it, having $2B doesn't confer much more advantage than having $2M. Nor does having a bigger number next to your name. Once past Level 120, Level no longer matters, and a huge Level simply indicates the player is too lazy to put time into playing the game. That, and a ridiculous K/D ratio, merely indicate this is someone who will be easy to kill. And let's face it, from the point of view of game play, buying Shark Cards is no less a cheat than duping vehicles. So don't feel jealous of these people, and don't feel as if they're getting over. Besides, in a game that is all about cheating, stealing, and killing, it's a little ridiculous to act smug about your honesty.
                      • Drake_8925on June 1 2016, 8:36pmReplyFlag
                        XxCodxBeAstxX87 has modder friends and has billions of dollars on gta while I have to work my butt off and buy shark cards and do missions,and he's only level 26, someone needs to do something about it
                        • vinny271287on May 13 2016, 8:13pmReplyFlag
                          i'm not going to lie, i'm really not that good at this game, i have very little money and i'm only level 81, few weeks ago i entered a server and got repeatedly blown up, just went to a solo and did my own thing, yesterday i was so proud of myself, i got the armored car, did a few heists and started to pimp it out, today someone dropped a bunch of cash on me, i could buy that car a million times over now, i'm not saying that i hate the guy who did it, but why? i was quite happy doing my own thing, everytime i join a new server i get some kind of cheater trying to break the game, think it worked too because i'm now having trouble getting back to online, i don't think banning them is the way to go, i think just stick them all togther in there own servers, let them cheat togther away from the honest players, but use them to fix the issues, watch them, see how they are doing it, and solve that problem, there are game companies that hire people like that who's job it is to break the game so it can be fixed before anyone else does, we all know there are 2 main things players want, money and rp, how about before releasing anymore dlc's that we all have to grind for you fix those problems first
                          • mehranmmjon May 9 2016, 3:16amReplyFlag
                            I meet this person with modded the health and.. id xbox live : [avidskydiver864]
                            • MexyMackon April 22 2016, 4:13pmReplyFlag
                              Im pissed i was in a session today on xbox 360 and i had just gotten in to the session when i walk outside money is being rained down on me!!??? WTF it literally ruined my game!!! I had just bought shark cards the day prior and was alright with money and now i have 500,000,000 its dumb its ruined my game i want this money removed and if i get banned i promise i will never purchase another of you games. The modders are ruining gta and your letting them. Noones doing anything about it and for me to spend my hard earned money on the game and the shark cards to have someone ruin it because they cant play the game right is bulls**t.
                              • BlackThiefGamingon April 12 2016, 10:08amReplyFlag
                                Hello. I recently knew someone who was exploiting a glitch which allowed him to play the pacific standard rapidly over and over with no setups, he took advantage of this to make TONS of money. His GT is jordanxboi .
                                He was also doing it with HappyWalrus21 or something like that, Although, I am unaware of who the 3/4 persons are however. Hope I helped rid the world of cheaters.
                                • lamayneon April 6 2016, 2:25pmReplyFlag
                                  I meet this person with modded money/hacking the game [Nosl33pgang]
                                  • Ellova-Raveron March 11 2016, 10:37pmReplyFlag
                                    Not that you ever read this, As if your game was not get boring enough as it is the few times I try to enjoy it its f**king ruined by people who are mods YET AGAIN !!!! f**k you rockstar, I will never buy anymore of your games, I will do what I have done with EA, DOWNLOAD YOUR BULLs**t UNPROTECTED GAMES FROM PIRATE SOFTWARE SITES, YOU DO NOT DESERVE THE MONEY !!!!!
                                    • truckerboy21on February 29 2016, 6:43pmReplyFlag
                                      would be cool if we could upgrade the packer or phantom on ps3 like saints row
                                      • Fozzy169on February 9 2016, 8:35amReplyFlag
                                        Just today around 10 people died simultaneously on the server I was playing. I had no choice but to leave the game due to every time I spawned, everyone blew up, not only does this waste our in game money, it also just frustrates everyone as each time you spawn, you die. Sort it out Rocks tar! !!
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