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Ubisoft DRM servers hit by DDoS attack

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 09 Mar 2010 11:22 User comments (10)

Ubisoft DRM servers hit by DDoS attack Ubisoft has confirmed that their DRM servers remained under attack until earlier today, thanks to a DDoS attack.
Yesterday we reported that Ubi's servers were down, meaning legitimate buyers of their games could no longer play the game, since the "always connected" DRM could not connect.

Read the original Tweet: "Our servers are under attack again. Some gamers are experiencing trouble signing in. We're working on it and will keep you posted"

Today, the company says the servers are back online: "Login servers were partially reestablished at 10pm CET and fully restored at 1am CET. The attack affected only those trying to login"

Ubi's "always connected" DRM means gamers must be connected to the Internet at all times, so the game can authenticate. If you are ever kicked off the Internet, even for a second (or Ubi's servers are down), you are brought back to the main menu, losing any progress you made in the game since your last save.

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10 user comments

19.3.2010 11:42

they'll be DDoSed again, just you wait.

29.3.2010 12:11
scum101
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39.3.2010 12:30

yup lol. hope they keep it down longer next time.

49.3.2010 13:38

GREAT idea

59.3.2010 15:26

to the appointed hacker : if you see this, kudos :)

69.3.2010 15:58

UBI got what was coming to them

79.3.2010 21:59
llongtheD
Inactive

Oh sweet irony. The pirates play, and legitimate users suffer. Nice job Ubisoft!

89.3.2010 23:16

I still don't think they were hacked...I just think they were overloaded by all the DRM connections...and the ddos attack is just a cover.

But if they were hacked, I hope the hacker gets away with it and goes on to do this to some other evil company.

99.3.2010 23:33
llongtheD
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Originally posted by KillerBug:
I still don't think they were hacked...I just think they were overloaded by all the DRM connections...and the ddos attack is just a cover.

But if they were hacked, I hope the hacker gets away with it and goes on to do this to some other evil company.
Agreed. They would have to have some excuse, otherwise the lawsuits will just flow in. Their shiny new DRM experiment might end up really costing them.

1010.3.2010 13:04
WierdName
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This is a class action lawsuit here. Legitimate users paid for the game and even with a notification on the box before purchase warning that an internet connection is required, Ubisoft has failed to hold their end of the implied contract when the sale was made. The user is required to fullfill the requirements listed on the box and with this DRM system, Ubisoft is required to provide the service to authenticate the game. Ubisoft has failed to do so quite a bit lately. I wonder if I get a game now if I would qualify for the inevitable class action lawsuit. But I don't want to be the no-life lawsuit hunter so, whatever. I wonder what the pirated downloads to sales numbers are though.

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