Blizzard under DDoS attack. Diablo 3 Affected

Blizzard under DDoS attack. Diablo 3 Affected


Blizzard is currently being affected by a DDoS attack which explains why many players in Europe are having difficulty trying to connect and also why some services are not functioning as they should be. The statement from Blizzard reads:

Diablo, World of Warcraft, StarCraft and Hearthstone players may be impacted by high latency and disconnections during their gaming experience that are the result of a series of DDoS attacks on certain European online services. Although Blizzard’s infrastructure isn’t targeted, the disruption effects rippled and have been felt by a portion of our players’ population.

While we are closely monitoring the situation we wanted to thank you for your patience and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The problem first materialised yesterday when Blizzard begun to investigate the problem so it has been on-going for a few hours now. Keep an eye on Twitter updates for progress on the fix. It’s not affected everyone (I can connect but Rush can’t) but if you are experiencing problems the CS tweets should help.

Ashley Stephenson, CEO of Corero Network also dropped an email over to explain what is likely happening.

“While it appears that Blizzard may not be the direct target of these most recent attacks they are reporting to be suffering from collateral damage. This is a common side effect of larger scale DDoS attacks. The shared infrastructure of the Internet, Service Provider or Hosting center are all subject to possible overload when they are forced to carry the malicious attack traffic and this can impact innocent bystanders such as other customers who are downstream of the overloaded resources even though their online services are not explicitly being targeted by the attack traffic. Think of it as an attempt to create an intentional “rush hour” where all commuters suffer. To combat this issue the intermediate providers also need to deploy First Line of Defense DDoS protection services to prevent the traffic jam from occurring in the first place.”

Thanks IncGamers.

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    8 thoughts on “Blizzard under DDoS attack. Diablo 3 Affected

    1. Not since yesterday. Problems with lagspikes and disconnects started around 14h on Sunday afternoon (around 57 1/2 hours ago) and are periodically reappearing since.

    2. North America here, I didn’t see any issues with D3 the short time I was online last night, although my latency indicator was red/yellow most of the session. However I was dropped from Hearthstone several times over the weekend and last night. Normal internet browsing, no problems so it might have been this issue.

    3. Pretty much what Silverfang said. I mentioned (see: complained about) it a few times in the Inc HC North chat; while my latency-o-meter didn’t seem to change at all, I had a lot of dropped inputs, and when items would “flip” out of weapon/armor racks, they wouldn’t appear on the ground for five seconds or more. On Sunday I had some bad rubberbanding (one time I rubberbanded to the same spot THREE TIMES,) but overall gameplay didn’t seem to be massively affected.; thankfully the dropped inputs were attack skills and not a panic-Smoke Screen, heh.

      Oh – I’m in Wisconsin, USA.

    4. I don’t know if this is regional, or only affects some providers. I played my wizard from 64 to 70 last night, and had no lag/latency/rubberbanding of any kind. We’ll see what happens when I get home tonight.

    5. I’ve had spikes of lag rather than anything consistent, which I mean could be related to ddos I guess, but not entirely sure. My ISP isn’t all that great either haha. Thanks for the heads up though!

    6. Chiming in about this issue:

      There was an election in Turkey on Sunday. There were big corruption allegations against the ruling party and the PM.
      After the voting ended, the election coverage was going to be provided by the state news agency and a big independent one. The independent news agency, its newspaper, and its TV station all got down due to a huge DDOS attack. Nobody was able to reach any website of the independent news agency. As a result, only the state news agency provided the results all day. Naturally, now there are allegations for election scandal right now in the country.
      It may be possible that this DDOS attack might have caused the ripple effect.

    7. This was mostly EU, we had multiple outages, lagg fests, DCs, whatever u wanna call it. a whole bunch of top end hardcore characters got killed… which left a whole lot of people angry. our forums got flooded with QQ rage.

    8. Are you sure this problem isn’t also occurring in the US? Because I’m seeing it here as well.

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