A DDoS attack targeting game developer Blizzard’s servers has disrupted gamers from logging into popular games such as Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft. Infamous DDoS group Lizard Squad have taken credit for the outage.
A DDoS attack is widely known as the most common means to a cyber-attack or cyber-vandalism. Government websites, private websites, online publications and console gaming networks have frequently come under attacks over the years. It is little surprise then, that the cause of a sweeping disruption that struck Blizzard games such as World of Warcraft and Diablo was the result of a DDoS attack.
The instigators taking credit for the attack is Lizard Squad, the notorious group known to trigger DDoS attacks against the likes of Lenovo and most infamously, taking down PlayStation and Xbox console networks repeatedly during the holiday season.
Affected games include World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2 & Hearthstone, among others.
Following the outage, Lizard Squad took responsibility for the outage with a tweet:
EU Blizzard #Offline – WoW #Offline, Diablo 3 #Offline, Starcraft 2 #Offline, Hearthstone #Offline @fbiarelosers @AppleJ4ckxoxo
— Lizard Squad (@LizardLands) April 14, 2016
Blizzard has deemed the concern as “service interruptions”, while reassuring users that their credentials, including payment information remains safe.
In a forum post, a support agent representing Blizzard stated:
These attacks are just flooding our internet tubes: no actual account information, payment information, or character data is at risk. Given some of the realm stability issues caused by the service interruptions, there may be some log loss when loot is dropped or crafting occurs.
Lizard Squad’s most infamous exploit came in the holiday season of 2014, when the outfit threatened to take down the XBOX and PlayStation (PSN) networks on Christmas day. The outfit stuck to their word, knocking the gaming networks offline following targeted DDoS attacks.
The DDoS outfit eventually relented, after file-sharing service Mega’s owner Kim Dotcom paid a ransom in the form of 3,000 lifetime Mega accounts.
In the coming months, Lizard Squad was revealed to be behind a DDoS attack targeting computer manufacturer Lenovo’s website.
DDoS attacks are predominantly an annoyance, compared to other damaging cyber-intrusions like ransomware malware attacks.
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