Update on Recent WoW and Twitch DDOS Attacks

Twitch and World of Warcraft DDoSer Suspect Arrested

World of Warcraft Community Manager informed the WoW forums community that the person believed to be responsible for the DDOS attacks that targeted World of Warcraft Classic servers and Twitch Streamers playing WoW Classic is in custody.

When the DDOS attacks began on September 8, a Twitter user going by UKDrillas live-tweeted his alleged activities, as he targeted specific Twitch streamers. It would be several hours before Twitter acted to take down the account of the alleged DDOSer. There is no word yet on whether or not UKDrillas was actually behind the attacks or otherwise involved.

Depending on where the suspect resides, they could receive hefty penalties in addition to prison time, like that of Austin Thompson, aka DerpTrolling, who received 27 months in prison as well as a $95,000 fine. The maximum penalty for just conspiring to launch cyber attacks is 10 years in prison. In the U.S., cyber attacks are treated as acts of domestic terrorism, which warrant a sentence of 20 years in prison.

A hacker or group of hackers going to UK Drillas on Twitter has been attacking various online media outlets.

Friday, around 5 PM EST, the hacker(s) going by UK Drillas began, what they called on Twitter, an “authenticity test” by allegedly taking down Wikipedia.

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UK Drillas moved on to Twitch servers to cycle through the Twitch’s streaming lineup to find summit1g.

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Next, UK Drillas would target the game that most of the popular streamers are playing, World of Warcraft Classic.

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Blizzard Support is well aware of the attacks and are working on a solution.

Yes folks, there are issues.

And no, I’m not going to give more details.

Being worked on.

Thank you for your patience.

We aren’t sure who UK Drillas is or if they are being paid by an outside entity to cause chaos. Rumors say they’ve located his back in Canada. Someone going by the name of /dev/null on Twitter claims to have identified and located the hacker. But it’s highly probable that UK Drillas is using someone else’s moniker, being that he established his Twitter account only September of this year, likely yesterday for the purpose of announcing his attacks. Another Twitter user, Corey Blankenship also allegedly identified the man behind UK Drillas, who appears to have the same name and location as the person /dev/null identified.

What is a DDOS attack?

A DDOS or a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack happens when a user overloads a targeted website with multiple requests for service to the point where services are slowed or stopped. DDOS attackers generally release thousands of botnets onto their targeted website. Is DDOS illegal? DDOSing is absolutely illegal in most most countries, including the U.S, Canada, and the UK, where UK Drillas is alleged to reside.

As of September 7, 2019, at 5 PM, UK Drillers is still attacking Twitch servers and now returning to attacking WoW Classic servers and announcing his attacks on Twitter. There isn’t much we gamers can do. However, if you are looking for games like World of Warcraft Classic, try these out if you haven’t already.