Ugh. There are hacktivists who are actually trying to provide useful information to the world and then there are stupid little hacker groups that pull useless, immature stunts that affect people for no good reason.
Right now (although, maybe, things will be resolved by the time this publishes), all Blizzard games, including World of Warcraft are offline and some lameasses calling themselves the Lizard Squad are taking responsibility. Sigh.
If the name sounds familiar, you are probably remembering their even lamer Christmas 2014 attacks on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. Congratulations, you ruined Christmas for a bunch of kids and gamers and now you’ve messed with Blizzard. Can we please grow up, now?
If you’ve been trying to get on Blizzard’s Battle.net and you live in the US or the EU, you will have noticed that things aren’t going too well. That is because there was a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack on the datacenter.
In addition to taking the games offline, some members of Lizard Squad are claiming that they have accessed Blizzard employees’ emails. Just why? Some have speculated that this is all in retaliation to the company’s cease-and-desist notice to Nostalrius, a popular WoW private server but we have no confirmation.
A Blizzard engineer simply posted this message on the Battle.net forums:
“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.”
Really, because the people at Blizzard who have jobs and projects to complete (and lives and real-life stresses and issues) have nothing better to do that reroute their resources to resolving this attack. They will likely have to add time onto their subscribers’ monthly subscriptions which costs them money and the people who were looking forward to playing their games are out of luck. Sure, that might not be a big deal to many but there are folks who are going through hard times who rely on these social networks. It’s just so dumb.
Hopefully, service will be restored soon and everyone can get back to their normal lives. Until, of course, Lizard Squad has another temper tantrum.