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Blizzard hit with DDoS attack disrupting play for gamers

Gamers were knocked offline after Poodle Corp took Blizzard's servers in a social media ransom.
Written by Jake Smith, Contributor on
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Blizzard Entertainment was hit with a denial-of-service attack on Sunday that knocked its Battle.net servers offline.

"We are currently monitoring a DDOS attack against network providers which is affecting latency/connections to our games," wrote Blizzard in a tweet.

Battle.net runs many of Blizzard's popular games, including Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and more.

Gamers took to social media with frustration, as VentureBeat points out it was the third time Blizzard's servers have gone down in a week.

Poodle Corp, a splinter organization of Lizard Squad that specializes in taking down servers of large companies, is claiming responsibility for the attack. In a tweet, Poodle Corp said it would release Blizzard's servers if 2,000 retweets were met.

Poodle Corp subsequently ended its attack.

This isn't the first time Blizzard has been subject to attack. Not only were its servers taken down in a similar late-August attack, but it has been subject to password hacks in the past.

We have reached out to Blizzard in hopes of learning more.

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