MMO developer offering $14,000 reward for DDOS info

If you know a little thing or two about MMOs and a little more about DDOS attacks, you might be able to net yourself a near $15,000 bounty. Wurm Online, the MMO from Minecraft creator Markus Persson (no longer involved) and childhood friend Ralf Jansson, was hit by a DDOS attack yesterday and at the time of writing, it still remains down.

Nobody so far has owned up to the attack, which was launched soon after a recent update. Presumably from the relative obscurity of the game, the DDOSer is a player, but there's very little information on who they are or why they might have done it.

However, in an attempt to find out more and ultimately catch and convict those responsible, the studio behind it, Code Club, is now offering a reward:

"Shortly after today's update we were the target of a DDOS attack and our hosting provider had to pull us off the grid for now," it said in the announcement. "We will be back as soon as possible but things are out of our hands since their other customers are affected. As we wrote in a previous news post we are planning on changing hosting anyways which should improve things for the future. We can offer 10 000 Euro for any tips or evidence leading to a conviction of the person responsible for this attack."

DDOS attacks against large games has become more common over the past few years, since it usually garners a lot of attention and understandably annoys a lot of gamers. However the purpose beyond attention getting is often unclear, since it rarely impacts anyone more than the players.

So what about it guys? Anyone here think they could track down a DDOSer?

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Protection

Its so simple nowadays, buy DDOS Protected Hard Drives and host your own server. When the attack statrts the sever wil simply kick and ban the mac adress and ip involved, reboot the server and your done. Even the reboot wil be done automatic. The hacker has to use or change its mac adres of its network card and its ip to get back in, and wil be kicked again as soon as it tries again. Google offers DDos protection on its servers for free and uses extensive logs to keep track. Most hackers are well hidden, so this wil always be a problem.

Do you have any idea of what

Do you have any idea of what a DDoS is? Of course not, you're speaking in the singular form instead of plural which shows you have no fucking clue. DDoS stands for distributed denial of service, the way it's done is the hacker infects thousands of computers with a virus that does nothing to the infected machines, it just stays there, dormant. When it's time to DDoS the hacker tells the virus in each machine to connect to a single ip address (the server) over and over. That makes the server choke due to an excessive amount of requests, rendering it unable to service legit users. So the hacker's own ip address is never involved in the attack, rendering him anonymous unless he's stupid enough to hint at or claim he did it. Banning ip's is fruitless since a connection needs to be made before the attackers ip can be identified, hence consuming bandwidth and cpu time which is the whole point of a DDoS. Then there is the fact that a certain vulnerability in the internet's infrastructure was exposed a few months ago, one which can be used to boost DDoS attacks by as much as 700% and has no easy fix, before that exploit current DDoS protection techniques are useless. The world and its problems aren't as simple as you seem to think they are, thats a dead giveaway of ignorance, gain substantial knowledge on a subject before tryign to discuss it next time. TL;DR: nope, you are an idiot and fighting this issue is much more complicated than you realize.

YOP

He/they/it want to catch a DDOS attacker? If they masked their scent its quite impossible. I would say follow the digital litter. I would even go as far as to say "WHAT IS A DDOS ATTACK?" how is it used/done. Ever heard of a time stamp? Ever heard of logs? Gee I guess not coming from a developer that makes a game uglier than Super Mario. Spock said it best: When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

Thankfully most "hackers"

Thankfully most "hackers" (skiddies) these days have absolutely no clue what they're doing and love to brag. It wont be too long before we're getting screenshots of some 13 year old kids twitter feed gloating about the attack.

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