DDoS attacks are on the rise in video games
By Bob Garcia
An increase in streaming video games is leading to more issues for gamers
The idea of being able to play a video game for many is to escape from reality for a moment and spend a pleasant time, either alone or with friends. However, goals like these are sometimes thwarted by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, which, according to new research by Imperva, a California-based cybersecurity firm, are on the rise by at least 100% in the first half of 2021. A DDoS is an attack that sends multiple requests to the targeted web resource, with the intention of overwhelming its ability to handle multiple requests and prevent it from functioning properly. Usually, the duration of these attacks is a little more than six minutes.
As a result of all this, many gamers looking to have a good time with their video games end up getting delays, ping spikes and disconnections, and the attacks could even lead to more indecent cheating in video games. While it’s true that attacks like these don’t really have a clear objective, it’s really about players simply looking to frustrate the experience of their own community, something that many experts still fail to understand.
“The tools and attack methods available to trolls and toxic players have become more sophisticated, easier to find, and cheaper to buy,” reads a press release from Imperva. “In fact, Imperva Research Labs finds that for just $5 an hour, someone can rent the tools to execute a DDoS attack capable of crippling network resources. In some cases, the motivation behind these attacks is cheating. In other cases, bad actors gather information from individual gamers via chats and message boards, or infect their devices with malware.”
Unfortunately, the resources for these hackers have become increasingly accessible, and that makes games and gamers an easier target. Activision, Respawn Entertainment, and Ubisoft are among the companies affected by such actions. As harmless as the DDoS attack may seem, at the end of the day, it has high financial implications, as with just one hour of downtime, losses in the six-figure range could be reported.