Albion Online offers proof that it is still being DDOSed by RMT blackmailers

It’s hard not to feel sorry for Albion Online.

As we’ve been reporting, the newbie sandbox has been absolutely plagued by a long series of nasty DDOS attacks since at least early last weekend, causing repeated server outages and extreme frustrations that have continued into today. Developer 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 who swarmed the game at launch. The RMT company or companies also reportedly served the studio ransom demands, but the studio declared it will not give into blackmail.

In the meantime, the servers are still up and down like a seesaw; the latest DDOS began less than an hour ago, and while Sandbox has already apologized (repeatedly) and told its fans it’s consulting with experts and working on defensive infrastructure, players have begun questioning the developers’ ability to solve the problems – some even questioned the DDOS and blackmail attempts themselves.

Perhaps in response to those comments, Sandbox founder Stefan Wiezorek posted this morning one of the blackmail letters, the game’s service provider’s DDOS warning, and a random traffic graphic demonstrating the surges, which he says represent just one server among many. “The current attack is 20G for example,” he said just a few minute ago.

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Richard Smith

It’s odd that the middle “document” has now vanished from the post on the Albion Forums?

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dixa

The very nature of a free for all sandbox in a similiar vein to eve online is that you will attract the same type of sociopath that genre appeals to. I can not forgive any western dev house who did not anticipate this or any other type of behavior that utterly destroys the gameplay experience for the masses to the benefit of the sociopathic minority that generally dominate the landscape of a free for all pvp sandbox. There are 14 years of experience just over there —->

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Melissa McDonald

Where’s Ed Snowden when you need him? Oh, wait, he wasn’t quite the wunderkind he was portrayed to be in Oliver Stone’s movie (which is nonetheless entertaining).
I’ll reach way back and invoke the name of Kevin Mitnick!

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Mikka Hansen

It’s hard not to feel sorry for Albion Online.

For you, perhaps. Not for me.

They came to reddit, looked at the players in the eye, and flat out denied that the game was pay to win, offering all kind of cheap excuses and handwaves. When it very much is.

Their woes with chinese farmers make me laugh now. Insyead of being so concerned about spinning how much pay to win the game was, they should have been more concerned about making it less pay to win so they wouldnt be so utterly swamped by that pests

They chose greed. Now its time for them to reap what they sowed. In the meantime Im here with a bucket of popcorn, enjoying every second of this.

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Michael

Regardless of people’s disagreements with the payment model it is pretty messed up to not feel sorry for them at this point. They are damaging this company in a potentially irreversible way and there is likely nothing they can do about it since they are a small studio.

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Iver Gørtz

Can you please explain what can be bought, that cannot be obtained through playing the game? I believe I’ve missed it and would love to know.
I know I can use rl cash to get the silver for badass weapon and armor, but I still need to lvl up the skills to actually use it. Then I’m aware that you can use rl cash to get the silver for upgrading Islands, but that amount of silver can be earned ingame as well. I fail to see how having higher tier of islands faster than others makes me win anything.
Then again, I completely fail to see how i can pay to WIN anything in this game and would be happy if you will enlighten me. :)

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Veldan

Eh, pay to win actually reduces gold farming and illegal RMT. That was, I think, one of the reasons that it was introduced in the first place. Legalized RMT means far less business for the illegal sellers.

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Tempus Thales

It’s hard not to feel sorry for Albion Online.

Actually, it is. Bercilak and Company should have done a stress-test before opening the flood gates and simulate their own DDOS attack on their own servers so they could preemptively know how to mitigate these attacks when they happened. DDOS attacks are a thing nowadays and they should have dealt with it when the game was in beta, at the very least, a month before launch.

It sucks that it’s happening but, but don’t feel sorry for the company. Also #freeKimsemus .

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Paragon Lost

Tempus Thales… I know the name and the books of course, since they’re awesome. Just wanted to ask if you also were the same player who played Gemstone years ago and used that same name? :)

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Tempus Thales

No, I’ve never played Gemstone. I used to do ANSI art, with iCE in the early to mid 90’s, thats when I first used this name.

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Paragon Lost

Ah, gotcha. Yeah was the same time frame as well too. Thanks for replying.

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Tempus Thales

Anytime! Do you play Albion if so with who?

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Paragon Lost

Nope, I sure don’t. In recent years I’ve back peddled on trying everything that comes out. Time management, just was getting to spread out checking everything out. :/

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Arktouros

I miss you guys…*tear*

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Armsbend

They should only allow players in the game for 3 hours, give them a limited pool of lives and force everyone to drink from an oasis every 15 minutes if they wish to continue with THE GODDMANED FUN HERE.

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Jeremy

It’s like building a 5 million dollar home and forgetting to install locks on the doors.

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Richard Smith

and forgetting the doors as well.

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Armsbend

Now the house is made of glass.

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Richard Smith

Yeah, good thing those docs don’t look faked!!

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Arktouros

Hrmmm…

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Titarian

I know this has been putting a damper on my play group. We have all been really happy with the game and it’s lacking features and minor flaws. As of last night they played everything but Albion Online (due to DDoS) and had didn’t even mention the game. If what I’m seeing with my group, on the forums and in Discord the community won’t be around long enough to see how this issue gets resolved.

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squidgod2000

On the upside, my guildies aren’t skipping raids to play Albion anymore.

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Arktouros

It’s hard not to feel sorry for Albion Online.

It’s very easy, in fact.

DDOSes are a fact of life in today’s gaming world. Whether it’s spawned by gold farmers, internet trolls, or otherwise it’s just going to happen. It’s going to happen whether or not you’re a big target like Blizzard or a tiny target like SBI. It’s going to happen to Crowfall and it’s going to happen to Camelot Unchained too.

Are the DDOSers the assholes in this situation? Absolutely. Does that absolve SBI from all guilt or wrongdoing in this scenario? No. Them not being prepared to mitigate these kinds or levels of attacks is squarely on them. Gold Sellers/Hackers/etc have always shown a particular level of vindictiveness after being punished and it’s not going to be any different here.

The worse part continues to be that SBI is doing absolutely nothing to mitigate the in game effects of this. Territory battles still rage on. That means while you can’t connect, someone else who got lucky and got in can win your territory away from you during scheduled battles. Yes this has happened already. No they haven’t done anything about it.

So while I’m content to give the situation a big ol’ “Well that sucks for ya.” the reality is also simultaneously that SBI failed to take proper steps to mitigate this kind of predictable attack but also has poorly handled it’s in game mechanics after the fact.

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Godnaz

The worse part continues to be that SBI is doing absolutely nothing to mitigate the in game effects of this. Territory battles still rage on. That means while you can’t connect, someone else who got lucky and got in can win your territory away from you during scheduled battles. Yes this has happened already. No they haven’t done anything about it.

Them not being prepared to mitigate these kinds or levels of attacks is squarely on them.

This is pretty much it. I’ve been through game launches who have dealt with ‘soft layer’ DDoS attacks and even though the game had to be taken down for a day, they were able to quickly transition to a more secure solution and move on.

The attackers know that they can either spend the money on the ransom or spend it on a more secure network solution. Either way, they are losing money on this and will continue to lose revenue until they make a move. A week is about as long as most new users will take before they ask for a refund. Coming out with this approach by the developer is desperate.

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Darthbawl

Wait, wut? People out there really think that this entire DDOS issue was made up or a hoax?

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Iver Gørtz

Yes. There’s also people out there that believe that the earth is flat. Be warned!!

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Raimo Kangasniemi

This is an era when people just refuse to accept what doesn’t fit with their own beliefs and come up with their own conspiracy theories to supplant the facts and then scream the conspiracy theory from the bottom of their lungs.

If they dislike a game, they paint it and the people behind it as evil and bad as they can – and engaged in nefarious plans to mislead the public with hoax claims.

Just engaged with a person who refused to accept that wildfires in Greenland, as recorded by several satellites from three different organizations (and witnessed from the ground) are real. Not to speak of certain character in oval-shaped office. These persons are symptoms of the ills of our era, and its no wonder that they have penetrated the gamer community at depth.

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Richard Smith

Another “DDoS” incoming…

One of the worse things that ever happened to the MMO industry was when marketing learned what a DDoS was and how easy it is to use it as an excuse for otherwise poor service.

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Titarian

You sound as though this surprises you. If you aren’t already, spend a minute in the Discord or in the forums. You’d think they are filled only with people wishing to spite the game.

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Arktouros

Because for the first 1-2 weeks of the game people faced identical issues with black zones on loading, servers randomly crashing or going down, etc long before anyone heard the word DDOS. Basically people are implying that it’s entirely SBI’s incompetence in this matter and the DDOS is just a made up to cover up how shitty of a company they are.

And, while that’s probably a little bit outlandish, the reality is that posting a picture of some words doesn’t really have credibility to it. I mean I could throw up a near identical image in MS Paint if you want? Just not exactly creditable.

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Dušan Frolkovič

Just a curious question, as we do live in an age where almost everything can be edited.
What would you consider a reliable proof that they really are under Ddos?

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Thomas Zervogiannis

I would consider the service provider’s graph and warnings about DDOS a reliable enough proof, since it is a 3rd party, which could come out and reject the “proof” given on its behalf if it was fake or misused.

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Dušan Frolkovič

So he should probably just have the third screenshot zoomed out probably.
That one looks like a traffic report.

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