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DoS Attack Forces EVE Online Offline 127

Resorting to the out-of-band messaging that is Facebook, CCP Games has announced that "At 02:05 GMT June 2nd, CCP became aware of a significant and sustained distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) against the Tranquility cluster (which houses EVE Online and DUST 514) and web servers."
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DoS Attack Forces EVE Online Offline

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  • by GodfatherofSoul ( 174979 ) on Sunday June 02, 2013 @07:11PM (#43891943)

    I was just wondering why I couldn't log in! I criticize you guys a lot, gotta give you props this time.

  • EVE Offline (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 02, 2013 @07:19PM (#43892003)

    That is all.

    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by ThePeices ( 635180 )

      EVE Offline. That is all.

      Hey, I see what you did there! Ive spent the last 6 minutes rolling on the floor laughing my ass off, and only now have the breath left to sit down and write this, such is the sheer power of your mastery of wit.

      You put comedians the world over to shame, your stand above us mere mortals, and we all bow to thee; God of Comedy.

  • by Airdorn ( 1094879 ) on Sunday June 02, 2013 @07:19PM (#43892007)
    They need to get this sorted ASAP. I have important Internet spaceship business to tend to and it really can't wait any longer.
    • Yea me too. My manufacturing jobs have finished cooking! (Although obviously with the cluster offline I've got nobody to sell them to).
    • by joelleo ( 900926 )

      I was in the process of joining a new corporation :/ Approximately 50b in assets just sitting in space in null sec at the moment while I get all my chars moved over and able to dock. Awesome.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        I'll keep you safe. Please post system and nearest celestial and I'd be happy to provide escort once the server is back online

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Will rejoice

  • So... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Sunday June 02, 2013 @07:25PM (#43892037) Journal

    What kind of intricate in-game machinations will this turn out to be connected to?

  • Why (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 02, 2013 @07:29PM (#43892065)

    Why would anyone launch a DoS attack on EVE online servers?!"
    Nerds should not attack other nerds. :P

  • Eve Offline (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    For those hopelessly addicted, there are two solutions:

    1) practice on the singularity server (aka test server)
    2) play the flash version [].

    • by Bengie ( 1121981 )
      Their entire network is down.
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      3) get a life.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by fazig ( 2909523 )
      You expect me to run missions in a gallentean shuttle?
      I'd rather watch grass grow, which is almost as entertaining as mining is in EVE Online.

      I suggest: Go for a walk, take a shower, get some sleep. Do things that can't done sufficiently during the daily downtime of about 15 minutes. Or if it has to be EVE related map out the skills you are going to learn on your characters for the next few years in EVEmon or create a whole fleet setup for PvP in your EFT or Pyfa.

      When the servers are back on CCP m
    • 3) Go to Click Create. Choose Spreadsheet. Enjoy!
  • Correction (Score:5, Informative)

    by girlintraining ( 1395911 ) on Sunday June 02, 2013 @08:02PM (#43892263)

    It's not Facebook that they're updating from; It's Twitter. Their Facebook account is linked to Twitter.

    Anyway, this isn't the first time the servers have been DDoS'd; This happens about every 4 months or so on average. And unfortunately, they've handled it about as well each time as you're seeing now: They tend not to announce the DDoS until hours after the news is all over the forums that people are experiencing mass disconnects and instability. And once the problem has been identified (late), their response is usually to kill all the servers, remove the BGP routing table entry for their network, and wait it out.

    They don't have the capability of weathering DDoS attacks; Though they claim otherwise, history tells another story. It has to do with the fact that their game depends on a cluster architecture that is not adaptable to something like Amazon cloud, or any kind of scalability. I don't really want to get into details here because it gets really technical, but basically it comes down to data syncronization within the cluster requiring very low latency between nodes. And that means you can't locate the nodes off-site, and proxying is only of limited utility.

    They tried proxying the front-end for accepting connections and authenticating users, because that's what has been targetted in the past and is one of the few components that can be moved. The current DDoS attack though is generating large numbers of connections that look the same as legitimate connections, so the proxies are allowing them. Rather than just throwing as much bandwidth as they can at the network as in the past, they're now crafting their traffic.

    I suspect the reason the attack is being launched now is because in a few days they're releasing a new patch of the game which will change the network protocols used by the client... their hack might not work then, so they probably decided to launch it now before it becomes useless. They are hitting people on the weekend because it's when the most users are on... so it's most likely to be noticed.

    • Re:Correction (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Dachannien ( 617929 ) on Sunday June 02, 2013 @08:59PM (#43892549)

      I don't really want to get into details here because it gets really technical,

      This is Slashdot. What else is Slashdot good for, if not "really technical"?

    • "They don't have the capability of weathering DDoS attacks;..."

      I play a private WoW server called Molten-WoW. This weekend they held a couple of PvP tournaments--they've been under constant DDoS attack since Friday night, right up It is still occurring. Interestingly, their DDoS protection software keeps the servers up--the problem is that one in five people cannot connect as a result of false-positives on the part of the software. It is also common for attacks to happen for no obvious reason-

      • Re: (Score:2, Troll)

        by aaronb1138 ( 2035478 )
        My bets would be most of the DDoS in the independent WoW server community is sponsored by Blizzard or Blizzard employees in an attempt to stop piracy (under corporate software developer's default assumption that anything they don't control is piracy).

        Sure, most of the attacks come from Russia and southeast Asia, but the money that pays them comes from someone else. The accusation that other server runners are part of the DDoSing is just good propaganda to keep people looking in the wrong direction.

        Face it
      • Official, Blizzard WoW was glitchy as hell for a few hours on Sunday too. I don't think they were behind tanking their own systems too.
  • Where's the HOSTS file guy to post his 10 pages of spam on hosts file

    and blame a bad hosts file for the reason eve is offline

    har har

    • Sadly, I fear ' slashdot' is to blame. Live by the hosts file, die by the hosts file... He slashdotted himself.

      • by Cito ( 1725214 )


        I never could figure what was up with that guy, his posts started off halfway making sense then turned into the schizophrenic rambling of a mad man

        all over a freaking hosts file

  • Theory 1 They want to drive down the stock price by sullying them before the big release this week
    Theory 2 They are butt sore over their podding by Goonswarm, or Test, or some noob named 5t@rTw33rp
    Theory 3 Collect Underpants
    Theory 4 ????.
    Theory 5 PROFIT

  • Eve Online (Score:4, Funny)

    by dicobalt ( 1536225 ) on Sunday June 02, 2013 @09:33PM (#43892673)
    aka Spreadsheet Simulator 2013?
  • by Nostromo21 ( 1947840 ) on Monday June 03, 2013 @05:30AM (#43894241)

    Couldn't have happened to a more wretched hive of scum and villainy in all the virtual worlds!

    (obviously, that comment excludes carebears & all non-sociopath gamers :)

  • It was the North Koreans. Supreme Leader Kim kept getting boned within a few minutes of logging in and, being the most awesomest gamer in the world, instructed his people to take down the whole nest of conspiring cheaters.

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