Earlier this month, World of Warcraft Classic servers were hit with a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack that made reliably accessing its servers a struggle for many players across North America. And now, a Blizzard community manager followed up to say that after a brief investigation a suspect has been arrested.
In a September 19 post on the WoW forums, Community Manager Kaivax set out to provide some closure to players impacted by the September 7-8 downtime.
“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,” the forum post by community manager Kaivax reads. “It is our understanding that, within a few days, authorities were able to successfully identify and arrest a suspect.”
Cloudflare describes a DDoS attack as, “a malicious attempt to disrupt normal traffic of a targeted server, service or network by overwhelming the target or its surrounding infrastructure with a flood of Internet traffic.”
The attacks first began on September 7 when WoW Classic players began reporting server issues such as spontaneously being booted despite being able to connect.
Still, it’s an incredibly stupid way to get yourself arrested. In both the US and Europe, DDoS attacks are considered federal crimes that can lead to a prison sentence of several years. The UK is especially harsh, with a maximum sentence of 10 years.
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