Google security expert hacks Hearthstone

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Tool created to predict opponents cards won't be shared with the public.

Elie Bursztein, of Google’s anti-abuse research team has developed a tool that allows players to cheat at Blizzard’s super-addictive WoW inspired card game Hearthstone..

At the Defcon 22 hacking conference in Las Vegas recently, Bursztein discussed a tool he had built to hack into the game, which he states, "uses data analysis to find undervalued cards and exploits game structure using machine learning to predict your opponent's deck".

Bursztein has shared how the tool works on his blog and in the video presentation shown below. He won’t be releasing the software however as Blizzard has shown concerns that it will ruin the game.

"Following Defcon we had a series of conversations with the Hearthstone team about our research," Bursztein writes. "They like our research on game/cards balance and are very enthusiastic and supportive about it.

"On the other hand, they were very concerned that our real time dashboard that can predict your opponent's deck will break the game balance by giving that person (that is, whoever has the tool) an unfair advantage.

"They also expressed concern that such a tool makes the game less fun by taking away some of the decision-making from the player.

"It was a difficult decision - I invested a lot of our time building our real-time dashboard tool with [my wife] Celine - but we agree with the Hearthstone team and will not release the tool publicly."

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