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The suspect behind the Overwatch and WoW Classic DDoS attacks has been arrested

By Kenneth Ang - on 20 Sep 2019, 8:03pm

The suspect behind the Overwatch and WoW Classic DDoS attacks has been arrested

Cast your mind back a few weeks. Do you remember the DDoS attacks on the Overwatch and World of Warcraft (WoW) Classic servers that got everyone talking and panicking?

Yeah? That's what happened, and we finally have an update on the situation. In yet another victory for justice; law enforcement has apparently caught up with the elusive perpetrator. Well, to be more specific, he or she is still a suspect as of now - we haven't got any black and white confirmation yet. 

Still, let's refresh our memory a little. The attacks started around September 7th on the WoW Classic servers, where many players reported that, despite connecting successfully to the game, they were instantly booted out for no apparent reason. 

EMP activated!

Yet, that wasn't the end of it. Overwatch players also complained of network instability, which for the competitive crowd can either be very good, or very bad depending on which end of the lag barrel they happened to be on. The following day, on September 8, the next wave of attacks hit, and it was so bad that even the Overwatch League broadcast on Twitch was affected

Of course, Blizzard's representatives didn't stay mum throughout. They responded to users and posted status updates on Twitter, Facebook and their own forums, assuring everyone that they were working with the respective authorities to get it sorted out. 

And as of September 19, the search has come to a head. The WoW Classic forum's Community Manager Kaivax posted an update on the investigation, notifying users that a suspect had already been arrested by law enforcement agencies. 

Fundamentally, Distributed Denial of Service attacks, or simply DDoS for short are cyber attacks that disrupt users' access to certain servers and services by overwhelming them with network traffic. To give an analogy, it's like placing unnecessary mergers and bottlenecks on a packed highway at rush hour - things will naturally clog up and cease to function. 

It's one of the more common methods used by hackers and cyber-terrorists to stir up trouble in one server or another, but on the bright side, at least there's one less of these to worry about now.