Albion Online’s DDOS blackmail saga continues

I’ve more than once joked with our writers and readers that Massively OP is not an uptime monitor, but we’re making a special exception for the beleaguered Albion Online this week. As we’ve previously reported, the newbie sandbox has been suffering a series of nasty DDOS attacks since early last weekend, causing repeated server outages and extreme frustrations that have continued into today.

Sandbox Interactive has characterized the outages as the “result of a concerted effort to bring Albion Online down with a distributed denial of service attack (DDOS),” which the developers believe is retaliation for their actions against goldsellers plaguing the game. Furthermore, as we noted yesterday, Sandbox says that it’s been served with a ransom demand from the attackers, which the studio characterized as a “blackmail” attempt for money that it will not give into.

“It goes without saying that we will never give in to them. As every black mailer will know, it’s the worst thing you could ever do. Of course, every blackmail attempt and DDOS attack is being reported to the relevant law enforcement agencies, too, though realistically the chance to catch somebody is quite slim. Having said that, sometimes it does happen, and if it does, we will pursue every case to the fullest extend possible, no matter where the offender is based – above activities are a crime in every jurisdiction in the world and it’s always possible to find a local law firm to represent you.”

The anti-gold-seller measures, by the way, involve targeting goldsellers’ funding sources and reporting fraudsters to credit card companies. “We are not trying to go after the gold sellers directly, as that usually won’t work, but rather shut down their means of getting paid and we are eager to find out how successful this will be,” said the studio.

Last night, Sandbox apologized to players for all the downtime. “There are no quick solutions here,” Game Director Robin Henkys told players. “We’re in touch with various experts on the topic who are helping us improve our defense infrastructure, but these attacks can and will most likely continue to occur until we’ve made some significant changes. We thank you for your understanding and please understand that we will only be making any statements on how we’ll handle the time lost in these attacks once they are over and we have a final understanding of how much damage they did. Until then, please hang in there with us, we’re not giving up the fight, and neither should you! We have great plans for Albion and we intend to see them through.”

Source: Official forums. Cheers, Thanos!
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Solaris
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Solaris

Totally support the devs on this fight. Takes guts. Good for them.

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zeko_rena

The people doing this need to be found and [punished]

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Tempus Thales

The game remains super unbalanced for the most part and a lot of grudges imposed by Sandbox Interactive remain in the game in the form they are actually hunting down certain players to ban their accounts, even after those players buying the game ALL OVER AGAIN.

Across the 3 alphas and beta’s Bercilak made a lot of people angry by banning their accounts when they bring useful comments or critiques to the game.

Something you would think the CEO of a multinational game, would or should handle with some class, instead bans people who paid him upfront a lot of money, to play a game that wasn’t finished, and to test it for him. He should unban all the people he bercdozed prior to launch, and let them play the game they were promised.

The game is a lot of fun but communicating with the devs is tricky because if you tell them a mechanic needs fixing they are intolerant and you could end up banned.

#freeKimsemus

Then the gold digger thing, their first resolution to fix this issue, instead of banning China like EVE Online does, is to turn off Gold trading between players and turning off Gold Deposits on Guild banks. Smooth move exlax.

After the legendary accounts premium ends in about 2 more months I give this game a whole additional 2 months before it turns into a real P2W game…

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Michael18

must be incredibly frustrating for the devs. hope they get it under control, soon.

The interesting question in all this: are there any other companies currently paying protection money to hackers? And if yes, how many? Giving in to such threats always makes the problem worse for everyone.

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Arktouros

Really unsurprising when you get down to it and hopefully a warning for other smaller, kick started companies that the competition is real out there when it comes to MMO gaming and the levels of protections they’re going to have to pay for to deal with these kinds of DDOS attacks (regardless of why).

Hopefully future games like Camelot Unchained or Crowfall are going to keep a nice chunk of change aside to pay the significant costs for the level of DDOS protection needed these days.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

For all purposes, the team behind Albion Online did a good job in developing and polishing the game, releasing as finished an article as a MMO of this nature in their budget can be.

And this is the ‘reward’: Criminals blackmailing them and many players more interested about attacking the company behind Albion than condemning what looks like a deliberate attempt to sink a game which had a pretty popular start.

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Meanie

the games great but polishing, it looks like it was made for a slightly better n64

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squidgod2000

Related to this?

Don’t play or follow Albion, but it sounds like a real shitshow. Shocking, for a P2W PvP game.

Mewmew
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Mewmew

It absolutely is related to that, if you read the entire story. A very interesting read, very well written and articulated as well. I have to say that while I will take a little bit to verify said writing (we all must verify everything we read online), I assume it will be verified as true and because of which I will stay far away from Albion Online.

That’s so frustrating from those players perspectives. It makes me dislike these criminal gold sellers even more so than I did before, which was pretty difficult to do considering just how much I despised them but that managed to do so.

And the Devs should have really have helped out these guys in all ways possible, seeing as how they had put thousands of dollars into the game (just a single one of them had, not to mention their whole group) and they were fighting against illegal bids made by Chinese criminals. Yet something shady was going on on the Devs side as well, they either were profiting from this and playing dumb or just totally inept.

Either way it’s not a game I want anything to do with, if indeed these postings prove to be true, which I’m guessing from my initial read that they will. As said though like all things on the Internet verification needs to be done on my part but my gut feeling is that it’s on the level.

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Arktouros

Nope.

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Meanie

idk how P2W it is..

edit: wow this image is damning
edit2: after this whole thing they refused to sell their plots to anyone, even at double the actual value of their plots + the devs compensated them 100k gold

basically they swindled the devs out of 100k and kept their plots. devs will never compensate anyone again.

real hardcore pvp

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draugris

Imo i don´t buy the story of angry gold sellers. Gold sellers are in MMO´s only for the purpose of making money, if they can´t make money for whatever reason they leave. I play LotRO every day for example and once or twice a week i see a gold seller in chat, this game is not attractive to them and Turbine had also a very strict line against them (not as strict as Sandbox Interactive though). So why should a gold seller spend money on DDO´s services to interrupt a game where they can´t earn anything, it makes no sense to me. They gain nothing out of that.

My guess is that this is another stunt of “lizard squad” minded groups doing it for fame or for the lulz.

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Armsbend

I’m glad they said they had the law involved.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Gaming industry is just another industry. When criminals come threatening and demanding what is in essence ‘protection money’, every company should call the law as a first step.

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