Activision recently responded to the surging demand from gamers and reinstated the servers for classic games such as Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 3, and Call of Duty Black Ops 1 and 2. However, the excitement among players was short-lived when they observed unusual behavior on the servers, leading Activision to take them offline once again. The cause of this setback was identified as a self-spreading worm virus that had infected the game’s PC version. Players had expressed concerns about the virus on June 26, 2023, leading to the initial server shutdown on July 26, 2023.
The malware was identified as Trojan: Win32 Wacatac and was already listed on VirusTotal. Users on Steam reported the presence of text strings coded for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, indicating that the offender was likely Wacatac
Activision’s decision to revive the servers for these classic games was driven by the increasing interest and demand among players. However, the outbreak of the self-spreading worm virus led to the servers being taken offline once again, dampening the excitement of the gaming community. The company has been actively addressing the situation to ensure a safe and enjoyable gaming experience for its players.