Blizzard rebounds after hacker group Lizard Squad attacks Battle.net servers0 Comments
Anyone trying to play a Blizzard game online last Wednesday was likely met with frustration, as the Battle.net service was affected by server outages for all of the developer's major games. The cause, according to a support representative on the Battle.net forums, was a Distributed Denial of Service attack perpetrated by the same group responsible for taking down the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live services in Christmas of 2014.
"It looks like we experienced a potential DDoS on one of our datacenters," writes support agent Glaxigrav. "Initial impact appears to have ended and our engineers put up some buffers to resolve the issue, and realms should start recovering. We're continuing to monitor and work on mitigating the impact. Apologies for the inconvenience, and we'll be sure to provide updates as they continue to come in."
The DDoS attack comes from hacker group Lizard Squad, who claimed responsibility for the attacks via the Lizard Squad Twitter page, where they've also stated there's "More to come." There's no official word yet on what the motivation for the attack was, but some speculate that it involved Blizzard's forced closure of the two Nostalrius private servers earlier this month. Their efforts didn't seem to have a lasting impact, though, as Twitter updates from Blizzard say the issue was resolved by around 11 pm Wednesday night.
Battle.net Suffers Major DDoS Attack, Service Now Coming Back Online, GameSpot