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As of right now Blizzard Entertainment appears to be under a DDOS attack by Lizard Squad, a group of hackers who have successfully taken down a multitude of other large ‘targets’ before.

Players first noticed that something was wrong an hour or so ago, complaining of problems with latency and disconnections in a now stickied thread on the World of Warcraft forums.

Glaxigraw, a Support Forum Agent for Blizzard, stated that they were experiencing a “potential DDOS on one of our datacenters.”

YvZB3Ce - Blizzard currently being DDOS'D by Lizard Squad

BlizzardCS confirmed this, stating that it was “a DDOS attack against network providers which is affecting connections to our games,” which is an interesting way to describe it.

This soon escalated when Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the DDOS in a tweet, stating that all of their games connected to Battle.Net were offline. Coincidentally, Lizard Squad advertised their ‘services’ a few days earlier that promise ‘100% uptime’.

Soon after it was revealed that Lizard Squad had hacked into Blizzard’s servers at least five hours ago, posting pictures of their private contact lists and emails.

Lizard Squad has promised that there is ‘more to come’, which sounds somewhat ominous. With all of Blizzard’s games offline, one has to wonder at what else Lizard Squad could do next, or what Blizzard’s reaction to this mess will be.

As of a few minutes ago, Support Forum Agent Glaxigrav asked players to test World of Warcraft to see how it played, with players stating that it was mostly fine. Slightly later Glaxigrav stated that the main target of the attack was World of Warcraft, which seems to give support to a certain theory.

ZsK3S8k - Blizzard currently being DDOS'D by Lizard Squad

Quick Take:

Could this attack be the result of the recent shutdown of Nostalrius? As of right now there is a petition of nearly 100 thousand players asking Blizzard to reconsider their stance on hosting legacy servers, but as of right now there has been no response. While a DDOS is obviously not a legal way of getting Blizzard’s attention, it certainly will get their attention. The timing seems pretty suspicious, but one way or another, it looks as though we find soon find out.

What are your thoughts on these events? Do you think Blizzard should have done more?

Patrick Perrault

Staff Writer

Writer for TechRaptor, who hopes to gain valuable experience in a constantly changing industry.

  • Erin

    Ugh, Lizard Squad. If anything, this will only convince Blizzard that their critics are all “evil gamerbros” who can happily be ignored. Such a shame, since that petition was so nicely worded and presented.

  • Typical

    What a bunch of aholes. You’re not hurting blizzard, you’re pissing off all the people trying to enjoy their games, blizzard will just give them a few month whoopdie do!

    These kids need to get hit by a train.

  • Mamoru Hiramatsu

    Good. Fuck Blizzard.


  • TheCybercoco

    They’re not hackers. They’re script kiddies. There’s a difference.

  • Dindu Nuffin

    Blizzard can’t run legacy servers concurrently with expansion servers for one simple reason: Patches.

    Even if you forget about never receiving another content update ever again for your paid legacy sub they couldn’t patch the game either, since then you wouldn’t be able to upgrade to an expansion at a later date.

    Yes, it’s all about the money. 100k people wanting legacy subs is small fry to those MILLIONS that will be buying the full retail priced Legion expansion and subsequent subscription.

    It’s about money. Nothing else.

  • Vorastra

    100k people wanting legacy subs is small fry

    Not sure how a potential $1.5 million a month is small fry. People who were playing legacy are unlikely to sub to the main game so giving them legacy servers only makes Blizzard money. Blizzard makes most of their cash from subs, not from selling expansions.

  • Dindu Nuffin

    I would agree, giving players the option to “freeze” the game at a certain point and not have to deal with crap they hated in further expansions would be great. Unfortunately it’s Activision / Blizzard not Blizzard.

    What do I think they should do? Run legacy servers for those who want them. Factor in the fact that people would be willing to pay for it, and produce content for them. It’ll never happen because they don’t want small money (and yes, $1.5m is small money to Activision) they want cash cows.

    I will not be buying Legion. And I’ve cancelled my sub for WoW as of last week. What’s the point of doing ANYTHING in the game when I can grind Tanaan for full iLv705 gear anyway? :'(

  • SevTheBear

    Was these servers free? If yes, that would explain why they had so many users.

  • Azure

    Well Blizzard did piss alot of people off with their remarks on Legacy servers and with the shutdown of the private (non-profit) server. Some of them could have been with Lizard Squad.

  • SevTheBear

    Heard a podcast with some of the old members once. Those guys didn’t sound that intelligent. More like bullies.

  • webkilla

    ugh… lizard squad again.

  • Galbador

    Wow… kiddies are pissed because their server went down and hack WoW. Brilliant!!! /sarcasm

  • Smoky_the_Bear

    Yep and given most of the games media’s propensity for ignoring the 99% of decent folk out there with legitimate opinions in order to highlight the small amount of crappy behaviour and portray it as the general opinion of said “gamebros”, that’s exactly how it will be portrayed in said media.

  • Smoky_the_Bear

    You have to consider it from a business perspective. It’s taking development time away from other things they could be doing.
    You are being too idealistic, there are lots of things they could probably do and would probably like to do, reality states that they can’t do everything and have to make a plan of action that they think will make them the most money.

    Considering how many game sales alone the new expansion will make them, without counting subs, without counting microtransactions, yes POTENTIALLY $1.5 million is small fry, it’s nothing to them, nothing at all, 17 million a year, that’s less than the equivalent of half a million box sales, they are probably looking to shift about 8 million I would assume. It’s probably not worth Blizzards time or money when they have several projects that are far more profitable they could spend their time on. Remember, that 17 million won’t be pure profit either. If they want to do this, they aren’t going to half-ass it, they need to pay people, they need more servers, more bandwidth costs etc etc. I’m pretty sure if they thought they could get a million subs from it, they would do it, maybe 100k? I’m not so sure.

    At the end of the day, also they have no idea how many of those 100k would actually pay for the server. Lots of people say they would love x, y and z in gaming, when the time comes to put their hand in their pocket, they are nowhere to be seen. Some gamers just seem to refuse to pay for anything these days, I wonder how many of those types the private server attracted, because it was free?

  • Sebastian Mikulec

    The sooner these hacker douchebags get caught (they will eventually) and put behind bars the better.

  • ParasiteX

    “hack” DDOSing is hardly what i consider hacking. Bunch of whiny basement dwelling script kiddies.

  • Albedo The Chemist

    Two installations. One with their latest abortion for all the retards out there, and one for vanilla.
    Hell, you could even go fucking crazy and have THREE, if you wanted to play BC as well.
    I must be a fucking genius if it took me 10 seconds to come up with a solution that fast.
    Also, subs would include all of them. not one sub per. After all, you’d be only playing one at a time.


  • Galbador

    Kids ain’t right these days.

  • Dindu Nuffin

    Vanilla WoW was shit. World of Roguecraft, anyone?

    I played Rogue back then and quit after Rank 3 because all I was doing was using two buttons in PvP. Sinister Strike and Evisc. I didn’t need anything else because, short of fighting a Warrior I couldn’t lose. Warriors made me press my Blind and Evasion keys.

    PvE didn’t require any extra skill either. 40 man raids meant half of the party could AFK and we’d never notice. We regularly ran Molten Core with 22 instead of 40. That’s how “hard” vanilla was.

    Vanilla WoW mostly exists in people’s nostalgia.

    In my opinion WoW should have died with the Lich King.