Albion Online hit with ransom demand during weekend DDOS outages

On Saturday, we reported on a series of nasty DDOS attacks on the newly launched PvP sandbox Albion Online, which unfortunately continued throughout the weekend and took the servers offline for play.

“The current server outage is the result of a concerted effort to bring Albion Online down with a distributed denial of service attack (DDOS),” Sandbox Interactive told players on Saturday. “This is most likely in response to our recent actions against gold sellers to coerce us to not interfere with their illegal business. We’re working with our datacenter to find ways to mitigate this attack.”

Yesterday, however, Sandbox devs told players that they had actually been served with a ransom demand from the attackers, which the studio characterized as a “blackmail” attempt for money.

The servers are currently back up; hopefully, they stay up. Judging by the replies to the tweets, I’d say the playerbase is getting antsy.

Source: Official forums. Cheers, A5.
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PurpleCopper
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xanadox

That’s a wall of text, anyone can tell us what’s up?

At the end some whales found that bigger whales got their plots?If you play with your wallets expect that bigger wallets will win you.

But plots are not needed. You can make your own plots if you get a space in black zone.

And in a few weeks, silver will not be needed; as you can craft all.

PurpleCopper
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PurpleCopper

it’s in the link I posted.

Albion online is dead from MMORPG

TL:DR Chinese player threatens to buy city plots of econ guild.
Chinese guild buys thousands of $ worth of in game currency but the guild still over bids the plots and keeps them.
CEO handles the situation very poorly when presented with proof of gold sellers and about compensating the guild for the fault of the game system.
CEO is still a douche after 3 years of alphas, beta and finally release and has not changed the way to handle criticism and customer since then and the guild leaves the game because they are sick of it.

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xanadox

Thanks.
But again, plots in cities is a way of income but most guilds have their own plots in guild islands and black zones, and their economic power and income will decrease over time.

So some whales met Chinese whales, and they lost the wallet race.

Zander
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Zander

Accountability, entitlement, exploiting, justice. Words found in the comments that could easily apply to society in general. Scary stuff that we allow acts like this to continue unchecked.

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Mikka Hansen

It was funny seeing an Albion dev on reddit vehemently pleading the case that money didnt equate power in the game and it wasnt pay to win at all…

Seems like goldfarmers see a business opportunity in Albion, but hey, they must be mistaken, right? They probably are wasting their time in a game with zero pay to win, right?

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kalamari_

I am in one of the top 5 alliances and nobody uses or care about these shitty city plots, because we have everything in our own territories. so do have all the other alliances with at least one BZ. so 2/3 of the games population.

there is no p2w in albion.

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John Kiser

They frequently do waste their time in games that have zero pay to win aspects in them.. Gold sellers exist in pretty much every mmorpg out there and while many tackle them in massive ways they have existed for a LONGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG time. The ones that advertise their services frequently too are often the worst of the bunch (ie the people that aren’t scam artists that will get your account flagged fast don’t advertise in game like ever and are very low key).

It boils down to the fact that gold sellers will pop up and try and exploit a game for selling gold. It happened in black desert even where they would spam (before you could trade costumes) with massive restrictions and these people claiming to sell pearl items blah blah blah. People will always find a way to exploit even if they are limited in what they can do and gold sellers won’t give two shits if a game is pay to win or not.

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

What would MMOs look like today if gold selling, exploits, bots, cheats and hacks never existed? IDK, but I spend time in that place in my dreams and I have a smile on my sleeping countenance.

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Loopy

I always wonder what these knobs think the dev studio will do – accept their demands? What, they’ll just say “ok you win, no more blocking of gold sellers – go ahead and destroy our game”?

Keep wasting “your” money on DDoS kids – devs will adapt, but you will continue being a shitstain.

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John Kiser

They’d probably do it with or without the demands is the sad thing. Games are constantly being bombarded by these little shitlords. Oh boo hoo I don’t like the game so i gotta ruin it for others, or hahahha i’m a trol;l and do it for the luls. It is getting irritating to the point that I really wish countries would start finding these people and finding them so much money that they are perpetually having to work to pay it off in some sort of sweat shop with a overseer that has a whip or some shit.

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Hirku

Time for slave galleys to make a comeback…

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Jesus Christ

I’m LOL’n pretty hard :)
“pay it off in some sort of sweat shop with a overseer that has a whip or some shit.”

You made my day, thnx, lol.

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John Kiser

Well I mean I’m fine with youthful transgressions and shit to an extent, but these are people that know full well what they are doing and costing companies a lot of time and money. These are the type of people that need to see there are real consequences to their actions and sadly a lot of countries give them slaps on the wrists or very little punishment (particularly if “youthful offenders”) I just think that maybe they need a real punishment to their actions be it criminal or massively civil based.

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