Diablo IV video game hit by DDoS attacks

Diablo IV videogame hit by DDoS attacks

It wasn’t a great weekend for video game fans, as players of Diablo IV multiplayer role-playing game were greeted with an error message as it tried to connect to the servers of developer Blizzard:

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We are currently experiencing a DDoS attack, which may result in high latency and disconnections for some players. We are actively working to mitigate this issue.

Yes, someone had taken it upon themselves to launch a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack against Diablo IV, less than one month after it launched on PlayStation, XBox, and Windows.

According to a Kotaku report, some players were prevented from accessing the game for close to 12 hours.

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This would be frustrating enough for people who wanted to play Diablo IV with their friends, but what makes things worse is that Diablo IV requires players to be connected to the internet even if they are playing in completely single-player mode.

As you can probably guess, some gamers are less than impressed by that particular design decision by Blizzard’s developers (which, in fairness, was probably implemented to check gamers were running licensed versions of the game).

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Diablo IV is far from the first video game to tussle with toerags launching DDoS attacks, and I’ll wager it won’t be the last.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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