DDoS attacks on Ubisoft almost completely stopped after company threatens with a lawsuit

Ubisoft, famous developer of computer games, reported that DDoS attacks on the company’s servers almost completely stopped after threats of lawsuit from their potential customers.

Ubisoft recorded a 93% decrease in DDoS attacks on Rainbox Six Siege (R6S) servers after sending alerts to unscrupulous users and services involved in custom DDoS attacks.

Recall that in September of this year, Ubisoft nullified the player ratings in connection with the release of Operation Ember Rise update for Rainbox Six Siege, after which a barrage of DDoS attacks fell on it.

“Using DDoS attacks, unscrupulous players cause delays in the server and thereby slow down the game. Annoyed by constant delays, the opponents eventually quit the game, for this they receive fines. As a result, the rating of the player who launched the DDoS attack undeservedly rises. Probably, after the rating was reset, gamers decided to “wind it up” as soon as possible and brought down a flurry of DDoS attacks on the servers”, – suggested ZDNet reporters.

Most dishonest players did not carry out attacks themselves, but using illegal services that were ready to attack anything for money.

In order to influence the situation, the company promised to send the so-called cease & desist letters to unscrupulous users and the aforementioned services, which are legal warnings demanding the termination of illegal activities.

Ubisoft has set a deadline by which the services must comply with the requirements, and if, after it, the illegal actions do not stop, the authors of the letter threatened to go to court.

“In an update published last night, the gaming giant confirmed that it has indeed taken legal actions, and that the September announcement wasn’t just an empty threat to intimidate abusers”, — report ZDNet journalists.

Sending a cease & desist letter to players and DDoS stressors is a very unusual step for game makers. However, Ubisoft’s threats were not empty, and the company did send out warnings with threats to go to court.

Moreover, Ubisoft sued the most malicious violators, DDoS’ers and cheat developers. In particular, last week the company filed a lawsuit against a JVL player, well known in the gaming community. JVL owns MizuSoft, where you can download cheats for Rainbox Six Siege. Ubisoft’s recent actions on the legal front to protect its players ecosystem is just the latest action taken by gaming companies against cheaters.

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While gaming companies have never filed a lawsuit against a DDoS service provider, they have filed a bunch of legal cases against cheat makers, such as JVL, and all have been successful.

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Daniel Zimmermann has been writing on security and malware subjects for many years and has been working in the security industry for over 10 years. Daniel was educated at the Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany and currently lives in New York.

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