A group going by the name of LizardSquad has been taking down various online gaming networks via DDoS attacks, as well as web sites, over the past few weeks:
- Playstation Network
- NCSoft (Guild Wars 2 and Wildstar)
- League of Legends
LizardSquad’s motivation for these attacks is to fight against corporate greed (with a tad of attention seeking throw into the mix), based on their comments on Twitter and Reddit. They have gained national attention as well as the eye of the FBI. The FBI seized the lizardsquad.com domain earlier this week, but the LizardSquad seems confident they won’t get caught. Only time will tell if their confidence in their anonymity skills are up to the challenge.
Thus far, LizardSquad has shown no indication of letting up on the pace of their attacks so the dedicated fans of the various online games will still have to suffer. The game companies also have to take on additional cost of staffing to handle the attacks, possible account cancellations, as well as possibly purchasing DDoS protection services from companies such as Prolexic.
LizardSquad, as well as other groups that target online gaming, need to be taken seriously as they can ruin the gaming experience for everyone!
I’ll be providing updates as the attacks progress and, as always, please leave a comment or opinion.