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Final Fantasy XIV Hit By DDoS Attack

November 19th, 2014 by Tony Garsow

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Players’ ability to log in and play Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn via the North American/European data center was interrupted for several hours late last night/early this morning. Square Enix, in an update on the Lodestone, attributed the disruption of service to a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack by an “anonymous third party”. As of this post, service has returned to normal.

A DDoS is an attempt to disrupt service by flooding servers with activity, to the point where they are unable to timely process requests — or at all. Recently, Blizzard partially attributed launch day congestion for its World of Warcraft expansion to a DDoS. Other high profile attacks include the disruption of PlayStation Network and Xbox Live services.

So far, no party has claimed responsibility for the attack on Final Fantasy XIV.

You can read Square Enix’s update on the Lodestone here.

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