Earlier this month, World of Warcraft Classic servers were hit with a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack that made reliably accessing its servers a struggle for many players across North America. And now, a Blizzard community manager followed up to say that after a brief investigation a suspect has been arrested.
"Immediately after the Distributed Denial of Service attacks against our game service began, the Blizzard Security Team worked around the clock with local and international law enforcement agencies to track down the source of the DDoS," the forum post by community manager Kaivax reads. "It is our understanding that, within a few days, authorities were able to successfully identify and arrest a suspect."
In both the United States and Europe, DDoS attacks are charged as federal crimes that may lead to prison sentences of several years. In the United Kingdom, the penalty is a maximum sentence of 10 years. The reason for the suspect’s attack against World of Warcraft Classic servers remains unknown, but whatever it was, the trade-off will likely be jail time. More than a year ago, a DDoS attacker who targeted World of Warcraft was sentenced to a year in prison with a nearly $30,000 fine.
Many DDoS attacks are not particularly sophisticated, and can be perpetrated by maliciously-minded gamers showing off to their buddies with relative ease. But the financial damage and inconvenience caused by a DDoS attack can be considerable, and in the past has sometimes resulted in the perpetrators being imprisoned for multiple years. You may think it’s easy to do. You may think it’s funny. You may think it’s unlikely that you will ever be identified and brought to justice. But, if you are caught and found guilty, there’s a chance that the sentence you receive will cast a shadow over the rest of your life. Moreover, 5mmo.com provides Cheap World of Warcraft Classic Power Leveling for players. As an online in-game currency store for many years, we’ve received great reputation for our reliable service.