Monday 26 September 2016

Blizzard servers taken offline by DDoS attack

Mark O'Beirne

Published 14/04/2016 | 11:55

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Blizzard's datacentre was hit by a series of DDoS attacks overnight, which resulted in players experiencing issues with online games.

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All of Blizzard’s games were taken offline by a known hacker group as part of a series of DDoS attacks.

Players were experiencing high latency as well as disconnections as one of Blizzard’s datacenters was the target of a DDoS attack overnight. One of Blizzard’s support forum agents filled fans in on the Battle.net forums, apologising for the issues.

“It looks like we experienced a potential DDoS on one of our datacenters. 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,” they wrote.

Blizzard says that it is aware of who is claiming responsibility for the attacks, but doesn’t want to give the group visibility by naming them and has been removing links to tweets claiming credit.

The issue has since been resolved, but Blizzard is keeping a close eye on its services.

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