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World of Warcraft DDOS Attacker Arrested

Gaming article by Brian Renadette on September 19, 2019 at 7:02 PM
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Release Date
November 23, 2004
Series
Warcraft
Genre
RPG, MMO
Multiplayer modes
MMO, Online, Online Features
Platforms
Mac, PC
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Earlier this month, World of Warcraft Classic was struck by a DDOS attack that hampered the game's playability. Now, we've received reports that a perpetrator behind the World of Warcraft DDOS has been arrested.

World of Warcraft DDOS - What Happened

On September 7, World of Warcraft Classic players found their performance tanking as the servers buckled. The cause was a DDOS attack. It was quickly discovered that shortly before the attack took place, someone from the hacker group UkDrillas posted on the game's official subreddit. "In roughly 20-30mins. Will attack every US PVP WoW server. Just setting up domain =)," it said. A similar attack also hit the Overwatch servers, which was also claimed by UkDrillas. Blizzard shortly confirmed that they were hit by a DDOS in a tweet.

The next day, a second DDOS attack hit both versions of World of Warcraft. Unlike the first attack, no one claimed responsibility for this attack.

 

However, Blizzard may have found their man. In a post on the official World of Warcraft forums, community manager Kaivax posted an announcement about the World of Warcraft DDOS. After reassuring players that it's their "top priority to resolve any issues that prevent players from having a smooth gameplay experience," they stated:

Immediately after the Distributed Denial of Service attacks against our game service began, the Blizzard Security Team worked around the clock with local and international law enforcement agencies to track down the source of the DDoS. It is our understanding that, within a few days, authorities were able to successfully identify and arrest a suspect.
We don't know anything yet about the suspect or their motives for the World of Warcraft Classic DDOS. We'll have more information as it comes in.

What do you think about authorities arresting the suspect behind the World of Warcraft DDOS? What do you think is a fair punishment? Let us know in the comments below!

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Brian Renadette

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I am a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a major in writing and a minor in gaming. I have a passion for video games and writing. I also enjoy volunteering at my local SPCA by walking the dogs.