- The Blizzard community reacts to the DDos attack that affected both Overwatch and World of Warcraft servers.
What is a DDos attack?
DDos is an abbreviation for “distributed denial of service”. A DDoS attack works by flooding a site with unwanted traffic from multiple computers. This traffic comes in such a big wave that a site’s network ceases to work, taking the site offline. According to PentaSecurity.com, there are six primary reasons people DDos:
- Some (not-so) friendly competition
- DDoS for Hacktivism
- All about politics
- Seeking their revenge
- A precursor for something bigger
- Some plain ol’ fun?
In the online world, a DDos attack is most commonly done as an act of revenge. But other nefarious individuals do this to harm their competitors. Usually, it’s a player who has been dissatisfied with a site and decides to take out their frustration in the form of a “revenge” DDos. A DDos attack is not just limited to attacks on game hosting servers such as Blizzard.
The first-ever DDos attack was on February 2nd of 2000 by a Canadian hacker named “mafiaboy”. That particular DDos attack was against several e-commerce sites, including Amazon and eBay. While some people DDos attacks as a “form of a mass demonstration against an offending website”, it is still illegal.
According to The Wiseman Law Firm site;
“[I]t is illegal under the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Violators are subject to prison sentences of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $500,000.”
For more info follow this link. Unfortunately for Blizzard, they experienced a DDos attack recently. Whether this DDos attack on Blizzard servers will result in a legal battle, is unknown at the time of writing this article.
What happened With Blizzard’s Servers?
At 4:18 PM EST on September 7th, Blizzard sent out a tweet confirming the existence of a DDos attack affecting servers. When the servers where first impacted is currently unknown.
Some online services continue to be impacted by a series of DDoS attacks which are resulting in high latency and disconnections. These disruption effects have been felt by a portion of our players, impacting their gaming experience. Thank you again for your continued patience.
— Blizzard CS – The Americas (@BlizzardCS) September 7, 2019
However, there where tweets from players experiencing issues logging in a whole 3 hours earlier.
— Wyntir (@WyntirNox) September 7, 2019
Blizzard Community Responds
This delay in response by Blizzard, caused many users to become seemingly very annoyed and somewhat angry. The following are quoted tweets that can be found in the comments of BlizzardCS – The Americas’ tweet:
- “This is BS doesn’t blizzard have steps to prevent these types of attacks over an hour now trying to log in. Do we get free game time for the screwups.”
- “Thanks for the acknowledgment 5 hours later…”
- “OH! Now you say something. Cool. It’s only been going on for a couple of hours. Glad to see how responsive you are to the people who pay to play your games.”
- “I literally JUST subscribed! Y’all owe us something! Forreal!”
- “It took you HOW LONG to actually make a statement about this?? This has been going on for at least an hour. What the hell blizzard.”
The server issues resulted in players being kicked from games and unable to reconnect, causing many Overwatch players in Comp to lose bucket loads of SR. Something which also ignited hate in r/Overwatch subreddit for Blizzard, although less hate than that of the comments were made by WoW players.
Although BlizzardCS EU reported at 9:11 PM EST that “The DDOS attacks against network providers that we were monitoring have ended”, issues still seem to remain.
The DDOS attacks against network providers that we were monitoring have ended. If you continue unable to log in try https://t.co/1zrBSTPEK1
— Blizzard CS EU (@BlizzardCSEU_EN) September 8, 2019
Some people like Reddit user osamafa93 still seem to be having issues logging in; “I can’t login into Battlenet. I keep getting: Error code: BLZBNTBNA000003E8 (1118) What is going on?”
When the issues will fully be resolved is unknown, but if you’re Overwatch player it’s best not to play comp right now and risk losing SR. Also, if you are a WoW player and are having issues logging in, check out this support page.
*Article Image source: Blizzard EU Twitter