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Lizard Squad Downs Servers of Blizzard with Enormous DDoS Attacks


The overnight Distributed Denial of Service (DDos) attack brought down the game servers of Blizzard that were overloaded, and the Lizard Squad hacker group seems to have taken the responsibility for this attack.

DDoS attacks related warning are still carried by the European Battle.net launcher, although the overwatch working fine just now. However, the official Twitter account of Blizzard customer support claims that the issues have been resolved. Though games are now coming back online, Lizard Squad claimed that it managed to take Diablo3, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone and StarCraft 2 offline.

Members of the group also claimed to have entered into some emails of Blizzard. No reason has been specified for the attack but it is guessed that this attack is due to shutting down of the highly popular Warcraft private server Nostalrius by Blizzard. Culturedvultures.com posted on 14th April, 2016, stating that Nostalrius was popular because of the fact that players could play the game for free, and at the same time be back in Warcraft 2006's classic "Vanilla" server.

The attack have taken place nearly 2 months after the story brought out by a reporter from Forbes saying that grey hat hackers, creator of a benevolent string of malware (Linux.Wifatch), are attempting to hijack DDoSing botnet of Lizard Squad.

Lizard Squad did not hesitate, and officially claimed the attacks responsibility by a sequence of tweets that were sent out throughout the attacks. Blizzard has confirmed the attack, and claims that games should start coming back online.

As per the explanation by Blizzard engineer, it seems that they have experienced a possible DDoS in one of their datacenters. Early impact seems to have finished and some buffers are put up by their engineers for resolving the problem, and realms ought to start recovering. He further added that we are constantly monitoring and working on relieving the effect. We apologise for inconvenience caused, and will make sure to give updates as they keep on coming in.

Activity of Lizard Squad faded out after that; however a group consisted of teenagers are arrested with suspicion of deploying as well as buying DDoS technology of Lizard Squad, namely 'Lizard Stresser' during last autumn, which flooded the servers with information. Then, a group known as Phantom Squad appeared in December and claimed the responsibility regarding the Xbox Live disturbance.

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