Two Days of DDoS

Robert Miller 2020-01-29

Two days of DDoS attacks against CCP’s live server continues with no resolution in sight. As a result, connecting to EVE has become a distinct challenge. This latest attack follows two others last year, one in April and one in August. In response, CCP’s EVE Status Twitter account has advised players to file support tickets in order to have any ship losses addressed.

According to Cloudfare, a provider of DDoS mitigation services, a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack “is a malicious attempt to disrupt normal traffic of a targeted server, service or network by overwhelming the target or its surrounding infrastructure with a flood of Internet traffic. DDoS attacks achieve effectiveness by utilizing multiple compromised computer systems as sources of attack traffic. Exploited machines can include computers and other networked resources such as IoT devices. From a high level, a DDoS attack is like a traffic jam clogging up a highway, preventing regular traffic from arriving at its desired destination.”

A status update edited by CCP Dopamine on January 28 said, “A DDoS attack occurred at 17:20 [January 27] which has caused disconnections and problems logging in to Tranquillity. We are working to try to restore service. We have experienced further severe attacks at approx 03:55 and 04:25 which caused more disconnects and login issues that also affected the EVE website. We’ve been working with our partners through the night and we apologise for the ongoing instability. Attacks resumed at approximately 20:05 UTC [January 28] and [are] causing widespread connectivity issues. Our engineers are working on the problem right now.”

Player groups large and small have warned their members to avoid undocking their expensive assets, up to and including supercarriers and titans. One cautioned that the “game is basically unplayable due to DDoS btw. Just a FYI in case anyone is not aware. Please tell your corpies so they don’t log in their toys and then dc. Cheerio!”

INN will report on any new developments in this sustained DDoS attack as further information becomes available.

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Comments

  • Alaric Faelen

    So…not being a tech guy….what is the actual point of these DDOS attacks? Are they trying to extort CCP or something?
    It seems like expending some level of effort, and while probably fairly safe still illegal- for what gain? The attackers’ risk is low, but it is non-zero so there must be some kind of pay off. I doubt any dedicated attack on game servers is strictly for the lolz. Maybe 20 years ago but with Interpol chasing hackers around the world- there has to be a better reason for revealing your tech than to inconvenience a few nerds playing a snowflake spaceship game.
    Other than maybe a proof of concept on malware- I don’t understand what benefit these attacks are for the people perpetrating them.

    January 31, 2020 at 12:03 AM
    • John Newell Alaric Faelen

      Often times its extortion. Pay us money and well stop. I can’t imagine it ever working though other wise they will make a habit of it.

      Honestly I bet its a savvy player with some money trying to manipulate an important timer lol.

      January 31, 2020 at 6:53 AM
      • lilfisticuffs John Newell

        companies pay out all the time

        February 1, 2020 at 9:11 PM
    • Axhind Alaric Faelen

      There is nothing to reveal. DDoS is called like that because it is Distributed (the first D in the name) which means that it is random compromised machines on the internet doing it not a single super villain. There is nothing to hide there because there is nothing to find and tracking down who hacked wide open systems is not exactly possible.

      Maybe CCP said they would nerf cloaks and bubble immunity so reddit elite brigade is angry? 😀

      January 31, 2020 at 3:07 PM
  • Silky Pajamas

    This has been going on for a week now. I’ve read and heard that sustained DDOS attacks are likely not the root problem here since this has been happening for such a long time. No doubt there were DDOS attacks, but what is really going on? So the recommendation is to not login to Eve .. for a week? two weeks? Eve will fade away quick.

    February 2, 2020 at 4:20 PM
  • Alison King

    ya is long bloody ddos long ive experianced.

    February 2, 2020 at 9:50 PM