DDoS Archive

In the past two weeks or so, we have experienced as many as half a dozen DDoS Attacks led by hacker groups. The victims were PSN, Xbox Live, EA, Destiny, Rockstar Games, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, World of Warcraft and some more – but that is not important.

What is important here is the logic behind these attacks. Groups like Lizard Squad and Derp primarily claim that the attacks are basically their response to money hungry companies. They say that these things should be taken as warnings against their exploitive policies. So how do we balance what they are doing in terms of right and wrong?

Indeed there are organizations who work only to earn; but isn’t that what the definition of a business is? The guys who make these massive game franchises aren’t doing it for public welfare right? They are there to earn and attacking them for that doesn’t really make sense.

The effects of a DDoS attack can be severe for the company at the receiving end. They are bound to lose a lot of revenue, their reputation goes at stake and both of those things have a huge potential of dampening their potential growth in the future.

On the flipside, there also needs to be a line that should not be crossed. Gamers are really passionate about what they do and they would go further than a non-gamer would go to get what they need; but that doesn’t mean companies can exploit their passion to fill their own bags whether it is justified or not.

However, there are other reasons for these attacks too. Some of the cases have simply been a result of the vulnerability of the servers where anyone who has the resources could have his fun. People have even suggested that competitive companies launch – or use hackers to launch – such attacks on each other. We have also seen people take the path of hacking as a form of agitation to how a certain game is being developed (you would remember the Minecraft DDoS back in 2010).

So do these attacks equate to hacktivism in the sense that hacktivists define their activities? If so, then why exactly are these groups sometimes claiming that they are undertaking the attacks ‘for the lulz?’

However, what the gamers have achieved so far with all these DDoS attacks in the past couple of years is disruption in doing what we love to do. Whether the companies are exploitive or not, a majority of the gamers love the franchises that are being targeted. They spend their money to have fun not to see a hacker group spoil it all whenever they want. All that is apart from the damage faced by the companies at the receiving end!

Even if we take the most noble of the reasons why the DDoS attacks are being made; have we really benefited from them in any way? Let’s say a given game is just a money making machine, or isn’t being developed how the community wanted; did the denial of service attack change that? Of course not!

In the end, it is up to us to figure out where we want to stand as the frequency of these attacks increase day by day. We know the industry is not perfect, but is hacking the perfect solution?

Source: http://segmentnext.com/2014/12/04/the-effects-of-ddos-attacks-in-gaming-industry-good-or-bad/

Hacking group Lizard Squad have taken credit for a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Xbox Live that left tens of thousands of users unable to connect to the service.

The attack occurred on Monday and affected primarily North American users, who when attempting to sign inwere faced with a 80151909 error code.

Lizard Squad’s Twitter page later claimed responsibility and promised further attacks around Christmas.

“That’s a small dose of what’s to come on Christmas,” reads their account, which later added: “Sony had it worse.”

In August 2014, the group hacked the PlayStation Network, bringing down the Sony platform for nearly a whole day. They claim to have brought down online PC games such as World of Warcraft, Runescape, and League of Legends, and claim attacks on Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto Online and Bungie shooter Destiny.

Lizard Squad proclaim themselves the “kings” of DDoS attacks.

Source: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/xbox-live-lizard-squad-hackers-promise-ddos-attacks-christmas-1477830

Xbox Live is online again after suffering an outage today, with a hacker group claiming to have DDoSed its servers.

Their alleged antics left many in the United States and Canadaunable to connect to the service at all, while others reported that only their friends lists were affected.

Thankfully, it appears the service is now back up, with the Xbox Live status page reporting no problems.

The group Lizard Squad took ‘credit’ for the outage on Twitter, and is threatening to do it again over Christmas, because some people are just like that. The group also claimed to be behind PSN’s issues back in August.

Source: http://ca.ign.com/articles/2014/12/02/xbox-live-on-its-feet-again-after-alleged-ddos-attack

The Toronto Police Service website went down on Sunday evening after a Twitter user threatened to hack it.

According to police, the site was the subject of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.

Twitter user @AerithTOR claimed responsibility for the attack on the social networking site.

A DDoS attack floods a website with several requests and if the website’s server cannot handle the volume of requests, the website crashes.

@AerithTOR also suggested that they would be targeting the Conservative Party of Canada and Parliament of Canada websites. Both sites were online Sunday night.

The Ottawa Police Service and Supreme Court of Canada websites went down on Saturday evening. The Ottawa police website was still down as of Sunday night.

The City of Ottawa website was hacked Friday evening and replaced with a black screen and a dancing banana, along with a message attributed to @AerithXOR. @AerithTOR claimed this was his former account and said it had been suspended.

The message the hacker left on Ottawa’s police website contained the name of an area police officer. The officer was involved with the investigation of an Ottawa teen who is alleged to have made calls reporting fake emergencies to emergency services agencies across North America.

Toronto police were unavailable for further comment. The Toronto Police Services website remained offline on Sunday night.

Source: http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2014/11/24/toronto_police_service_website_down_after_ddos_attack.html

Cyber attacks targeting Turkey are far more numerous than the global average, according to data provided by American cyber security company Arbor Networks.

While in the second quarter of 2014 the global frequency of cyber attacks dropped by 68 percent, in the same period attacks directed at Turkey recorded an increase of 6 percent. The countries from which Turkey received the most attacks in the second quarter were Russia, the US and Switzerland.

Eric Michonnet, European director of Arbor Networks, which provides network security services to 90 percent of the world’s service providers, noted that Turkey’s average attack frequency was much higher than the global average. Explaining that cyber attacks are generally organized against financial institutions and Internet sales sites, Michonnet said the aim of the attacks is to inflict economic harm on the institution against which the attacks are organized.

Stating that Arbor Networks’ goal is to protect Internet service providers’ security, Michonnet said: “With the special systems we’ve placed in service providers, we’re preventing attacks on Turkey from several countries of the world before another attack affects Turkey.”

Michonnet explained that a cyber attack uses thousands of computers to enter a target website, congest it and block access to the site. He also noted that in the first half of 2014 the average size of a cyber attack was 3.39 gigabytes and the largest-capacity cyber attack had a base of 124 gigabytes.

Arbor Turkey Director Serhat Atlı commented that in recent years cyber attacks have particularly targeted Internet sales sites. Explaining that thousands of Internet users shop on these sites every day and that these attacks cause great economic damage, Atlı noted that some of these Internet sites have taken their own measures to prevent these attacks. He also stated that companies can arrange for cyber attacks to be carried out against their rivals.

In the first half of the year, the largest distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) type of attacks were perpetrated from Malaysia, Switzerland and Russia. In the second half of the year, the largest attack came from Russia, followed by the US and Switzerland.

A DDoS attack is used to harvest bank details, the aim being to cause surprise and to camouflage the real attack, as data theft can be carried out after the system has been penetrated. One way of performing a DDoS attack is through a botnet, which can contain over 100,000 bots. Bots are chosen because they are practically impossible to follow and locate, are cheap and can be easily removed from the system following the attack.

Source: http://www.todayszaman.com/national_increase-in-cyber-attacks-targeting-turkey_364631.html