Thursday, June 16, 2011

LulzSec Attacks EVE Online Again, CCP Warns of Possible Downtime

EVE Online

One of the targets attacked by Lulz Security yesterday, along with Minecraft and The Escapist, was EVE Online. A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack took down EVE's login servers and the game's official website with it. In response, developer CCP Games took the service temporarily offline twice in the past day and has warned users it may do so again if it feels the need. It might just be doing that as LulzSec has gone after the game for the second day in a row today.

CCP Chief Operating Officer J�n H�r�dal wrote in a message to the community last night addressing what the company does when faced with a DDoS attack: "Our policy in such cases is to mobilize a taskforce of internal and external experts to evaluate the situation. At 17:55 UTC, that group concluded that our best course of action was to go completely offline while an exhaustive scan of our entire infrastructure was executed. While some may feel that such a drastic reaction was not warranted, it is always our approach to err on the side of caution in order to ensure the best possible service for our players and the security of their personal, billing and account information."

He apologized for the lack of communication and frustration this caused, explaining that "it can often be counterproductive to containment to give out information while we are in the process of evaluating the scope of any potential problem."

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