The zombie apocalypse is suffering from some connection problems.
Developer Bohemian Interactive has confirmed that its online undead survival hit, DayZ, is under assault from a cyberattack. The studio has taken its public character servers offline to deal with the barrage, which has apparently slammed the game for more than 24 hours. This means that if you do join a public game, DayZ won’t load up your previously saved character. Instead, you’ll get a fresh respawn with no weapons or items. This poses a danger because if the DayZ hive, which saves the character data, comes back online while you are playing with a new character, it could overwrite your data.
Afternoon everyone. Please stand by as the guys address the current ddos attack.
— DayZ Development (@dayzdevteam) July 14, 2015
We’ve asked Bohemia for a statement. A spokesperson didn’t comment on specifics but wanted to say the team is working on “mitigation measures to battle the DDoS.”
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The company has not publicly divulged who is responsible for the attack or if it even knows who is behind it. All it has said is that this is “another” distributed denial-of-service assault. This is when an individual or a group, typically using a network of linked computers, sends junk data requests to a target server. This overwhelms the network, since it has difficulty telling legitimate requests from the garbage.
This is the latest in a series of attacks on not just DayZ but also on the wider gaming industry. Most notably, the cybervandal group Lizard Squad knocked Xbox Live and PlayStation Network offline around Christmas Day last year. And just last week, it lashed out at publisher Daybreak Games after its chief executive officer threatened to sue a member of the cabal.
With DDoSes so frequent in gaming, it’s natural to start wondering why server managers don’t do something to about them. But no solution is perfect, and anything that is close to perfect today will soon grow outdated as attack software evolves to work around it.
So the real best prevention is probably law enforcement and the justice system tracking down and punishing those responsible. But even that doesn’t really seem like a great option considering the one Lizard Squad member who was convicted in Finland will have to serve no jail time for the 50,000 cybercrimes a court convicted him of.
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