Sunday, January 19, 2020

Ubisoft Sues Website That Allegedly Facilitates DDoS Attacks on Siege

Ubisoft is suing a website that allegedly sells subscriptions to a server that distributes denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Rainbow Six: Siege players, according to a report by Polygon. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday against website SNG.ONE. On the outside, the website sells plans to companies who want to evaluate the security of their website, according to Eurogamer. When Ubisoft went to investigate, they found they could get access to servers from Epic Games' Fortnite, EA's FIFA 20, Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) and more. "When executed, the DDoS Attacks flood the R6S Servers, overload its network, slow down the servers, and often cause a complete server crash, disconnecting all players engaged in an R6S match on the targeted server (and thereby ending their game prematurely)," the lawsuit reads. "Even when the DDoS Attacks do not result in a server crash, however, they nonetheless disrupt and interfere with access to the R6S Servers. Defendants have weaponized these DDoS Attacks, providing some R6S players looking for an unfair advantage with the ability to cheat." [ignvideo url=""] Ubisoft announced plans to counter DDoS attacks in September that resulted in a 93% decrease in attacks by the end of October. The lawsuit mentions a time when it's believed SNG.ONE responded to Ubisoft's original plans. In September, the Twitter account for SNG wrote "Good job, @UbisoftSupport Keep the work up." Accompanied with the post is a picture from The Simpsons with Bart writing on the chalkboard. The writing on the chalkboard appears to be edited to read, "We will ban every ddoser." The tweet has since been taken down, according to Polygon, but a screenshot of it was placed in the lawsuit. Ubisoft claims in the lawsuit that this means SNG was "well aware" of both Ubisoft's actions as well as their own. [caption id="attachment_228993" align="aligncenter" width="473"]ubisoft tweet Screenshot from the Ubisoft lawsuit[/caption] For now, Ubisoft is seeking damages and court fees while it petitions a court to shut down the alleged DDoS service. Rainbow Six Siege was first launched by Ubisoft in December 2015. The support for the game hasn't stopped by Ubisoft or the community. The game is the fourth most-played game on Steam at the time of this writing and Ubisoft keeps adding new characters to play as. Read our interview with a game designer on two of those new characters. And check out which awards Rainbow Six Siege lost at the most recent Game Awards. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=rainbow-six-siege-operation-shifting-tides-screenshots&captions=true"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN.


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