Plug pulled on video game players, as Ubisoft DRM servers attacked

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Suspicions are being raised that disgruntled online games players were behind an attack which bombarded a Ubisoft server with traffic over the weekend, effectively bringing game-playing to a standstill.

Video games publisher Ubisoft tweeted an apology to fans of Assassin’s Creed II and Silent Hunter 5, after many PC gamers were left unable to play yesterday as a result of the attack.

According to reports, thousands of users found the Assassin’s Creed II game unplayable this weekend after Ubisoft’s controversial DRM (Digital Rights Management) system failed to work properly – presumably as a result of the attack.

Many game players were left waiting a long time this weekend as their game installation repeatedly failed…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.