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.