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Suspect in WoW Classic and Overwatch DDoS attacks arrested

Published: 19/Sep/2019 21:40 Updated: 20/Sep/2019 0:07

by Michael Gwilliam

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Blizzard has posted an update regarding a series of September DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks that took titles such as Overwatch and World of Warcraft Classic offline.

In a September 19 post on the WoW forums, Community Manager Kaivax set out to provide some closure to players impacted by the September 7-8 downtime.

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Kaivax revealed that the company’s security team began working with international law enforcement agencies to track down the source of the DDoS attacks right as they began. 

An update on the attack was posted on the WoW Forums.

“It is our understanding that, within a few days, authorities were able to successfully identify and arrest a suspect,” Kaivax added. “We really appreciate your patience and understanding.”

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Cloudflare describes a DDoS attack as, “a malicious attempt to disrupt normal traffic of a targeted server, service or network by overwhelming the target or its surrounding infrastructure with a flood of Internet traffic.”

Overwatch players were victims of the DDoS attacks too.

Timeline of the attack

The attacks first began on September 7 when WoW Classic players began reporting server issues such as spontaneously being booted despite being able to connect.

Overwatch players also reported network instability resulting in competitive players being tossed out of games and locked onto the “rejoin match” screen. With no way to join back, we assume many players lost a bunch of skill rating at once.

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At 2:20 PST, Blizzard confirmed the cause of disruption was a DDoS attack.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe DDoS attacks plagued WoW Classic players all weekend.

While the issues eventually subsided, the very next day on September 8, Blizzard was bombarded with another wave of DDoS attacks that even potentially affected the Overwatch League playoff broadcast on Twitch. 

On Twitter, commentator Wolf ‘Proxwolf’ Schröder wrote that “a temporary solution for the DDOS attacks” was to use the built-in Command Center function, implying that the broadcast was yet another casualty. 

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At 1:11 PM PST Blizzard made a public post that an investigation was ongoing regarding realm stability. Nearly an hour later at 2:25, they confirmed that it was another DDoS attack against network providers. 

By 5:05 PM, however, the dust had settled and all WoW Realms except Rattlegore were back online and stable. 

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With the alleged perpetrator now in custody, players should be able to enjoy their video games in peace and not have to worry about being booted for the foreseeable future. 

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Lucioball in Overwatch
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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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