Just another day in Pandaria...

posted 27th Aug 2014, 3:23 AM

Just another day in Pandaria...
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27th Aug 2014, 3:25 AM

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Some background, for folks not aware of what happened:

This past week, some script kiddies calling themselves "The Lizard Squad" decided to DDOS Blizzard and several other online games -- this resulted in nothing but irritation to tons of players who just wanted to have fun. DDOS is an attack at a computer network, aimed at blocking legitimate users from connecting.

"DDOS" can't really be prevented, only mitigated and reacted to; a game server is like an arena bathroom. The bathroom can't tell who's really gotta go & who doesn't, so it lets everyone take their turn. A DDOS is like hitting that bathroom with several full concert crowds, all at once. Yeah.

I won't go into all the technicalities, but suffice to say it doesn't take much skills to pull that off. It's pre-school hacking, if that. But it IS illegal. And to top it off, the skiddies made bomb threats against an airplane carrying a Sony bigwig. Yeah -- talk about piling stupidity on top of idiocy, because that just guaranteed the FBI hunting 'em down.

There's tons more to the story, with other hackers supposedly involved to nail the skiddies cold, but that's the gist of it. Sad that a group of kids not only decided to fuck with gamers -- many of whom are computer geeks, too -- but will have ruined their lives by pulling something so stupid. Oh well.

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