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Ubisoft's Internet DRM Servers Are Under Attack

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Ubisoft's DRM authentication servers for Silent Hunter 5 and Assassin's Creed II are being hit with a DDoS attack, blocking legit gamers from playing.

Gamers trying to play Silent Hunter 5 and Assassin's Creed II over the weekend might have been unable to due to Ubisoft's DRM server being down.

The games publisher is now telling that the outage was due to an denial of service attack. The company announced via its Twitterstream:

Apologies to anyone who couldn’t play ACII or SH5 yesterday. Servers were attacked which limited service from 2:30pm to 9pm Paris time

95% of players were not affected, but a small group of players attempting to open a game session did receive denial of service errors

Shortly after, Ubisoft added the following tweet, expressing its pleasure in its war against piracy.

We're happy to say ACII & SH5 are withstanding the efforts to crack them. We see the rumors but still confirm no valid cracked versions exist

Those behind the attacks haven't given up. Ubisoft most recently tweeted again:

Our servers are under attack again. Some gamers are experiencing trouble signing in. We're working on it and will keep you posted

Stay tuned.

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    The_Prophecy , March 8, 2010 11:14 PM
    For once, I am actually glad that botnet's exist. I won't be buying Assassin's Creed 2 unless Ubisoft relaxes the restrictions.It probably won't affect me or 95% of their other customers, but I refuse to support a company that does what Ubisoft has done with AC 2 based solely on principle. I was pissed off about Spore, and I'm just as pissed off about this.
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    belardo , March 8, 2010 11:11 PM
    UBISoft...

    Take the hint. DRM is costing you MONEY, COSTING YOU CUSTOMERS. Its a waste of money and resources to add the DRM to your games... it breaks the game... yours won't be the first nor the last.

    Solution, come out with a patch that removes the internet DRM... imagine if ALL your future games are knocked out. EA is already bad enough.

    DRM does NOT stop pirates! Never had, never will.
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    nukem950 , March 8, 2010 11:09 PM
    While in theory this type of DRM sounds good, it really is a terrible idea.
    2 points that come to mind for me:

    1. This is absolutely wrong for them to do this.
    2. This does bring up the point of when the servers are down due to power, money, "Lack of interest in a game", bankruptcy, DOS attacks, etc.

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    Trueno07 , March 8, 2010 10:56 PM
    SOB.

    This is the worst way possible to convince companies that heavy-DRM is a bad idea.
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    doc70 , March 8, 2010 10:59 PM
    Boycott Ubisoft's games and any other DRM-loaded game. Hit them where it hurts: the bottom-line.
    And I wouldn't bet for a second against those that are hard at work to crack that SOB.
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    Anonymous , March 8, 2010 11:01 PM
    Awesome :) 
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    zoemayne , March 8, 2010 11:02 PM
    not smart on both sides
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    smithereen , March 8, 2010 11:05 PM
    Wow. Real mature.
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    nukem950 , March 8, 2010 11:09 PM
    While in theory this type of DRM sounds good, it really is a terrible idea.
    2 points that come to mind for me:

    1. This is absolutely wrong for them to do this.
    2. This does bring up the point of when the servers are down due to power, money, "Lack of interest in a game", bankruptcy, DOS attacks, etc.

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    belardo , March 8, 2010 11:11 PM
    UBISoft...

    Take the hint. DRM is costing you MONEY, COSTING YOU CUSTOMERS. Its a waste of money and resources to add the DRM to your games... it breaks the game... yours won't be the first nor the last.

    Solution, come out with a patch that removes the internet DRM... imagine if ALL your future games are knocked out. EA is already bad enough.

    DRM does NOT stop pirates! Never had, never will.
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    The_Prophecy , March 8, 2010 11:14 PM
    For once, I am actually glad that botnet's exist. I won't be buying Assassin's Creed 2 unless Ubisoft relaxes the restrictions.It probably won't affect me or 95% of their other customers, but I refuse to support a company that does what Ubisoft has done with AC 2 based solely on principle. I was pissed off about Spore, and I'm just as pissed off about this.
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    belardo , March 8, 2010 11:15 PM
    Forgot to add.

    When you decide to no-longer support the product, get bought out or go out of business... how are these people supposed to PLAY the games they PAID money for?!

    So yes... boycott YOUR products... ALL of them! Same as I boycott EA games with their SecuROM limit installs and background rootkit like programs.

    DRM only hurts your customers.

    Mirrors Edge = cracked
    Bioshock = cracked
    Spore = cracked

    Somebody name a single game that *IS* not cracked... and not just that, was is the record for the LONGEST lasting game before its cracked? 3~5 days?
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    The_Prophecy , March 8, 2010 11:28 PM
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    Nice going. Now you can look forward to even less PC games because of attacks like this. Why would they even bother with PC gamers if they're going to act like spoiled little kids when they don't get their way?


    Because they are spoiled little kids.
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    nicklasd87 , March 8, 2010 11:34 PM
    mrdrinkinglysolNice going. Now you can look forward to even less PC games because of attacks like this. Why would they even bother with PC gamers if they're going to act like spoiled little kids when they don't get their way?


    As much as i disagree with a ddos against ubisoft, i could care less if they continue to develop games for the PC. Valve has and will always have my best interests at heart,I have no problem playing valve games as long as I have a pc, and emulators to boot.

    Here is an idea, get your head out of your ass ubisoft and use Steams copy protection, much more user friendly, or make a product that people will want to buy because of the multi player benefits...It's no secret that Steams copy protection is the shit
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    aletoil , March 8, 2010 11:44 PM
    I dont agree with DDOS, but the fact that this IS an issue is one reason the DRM is a bad idea. Not to mention the fact that its a small revolt(admittedly, probably from peeps who even even played the game yet) that should serve as a kick in the ass to Ubisoft.
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    Supertrek32 , March 8, 2010 11:54 PM
    While I think this was a stupid way to go about it, I am, in a way, glad that this happened. It'll help bring the DRM issue to light. A lot of players (the less technically-inclined) likely don't really think about it that much. Hopefully when they got booted off their game it made them stop and go, "Hey... wait. What happens if something more permanent happens to their servers?"
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    thorimmortal , March 9, 2010 12:07 AM
    When you know its your fault for implementing severe measures and it doesn't work out the way you planned it, blame some one else. I'm not buying the line of BS they are serving. they screwed the pooch and now they are trying to save face.
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    fjjb , March 9, 2010 12:07 AM
    oooh man this is getting hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they thought they could get away with it... the real truth is: ubisoft you cant!!
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    blasterth , March 9, 2010 12:08 AM
    Trueno07SOB. This is the worst way possible to convince companies that heavy-DRM is a bad idea.

    Maybe is a lie and there wasn't a DoS attack at all!
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    mister g , March 9, 2010 12:23 AM
    I won't be surprised if that's true blasterth but whu would they want to shoot themselves like that unless servers were overwhelmed?
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    the_krasno , March 9, 2010 12:24 AM
    I'm so pirating this game JUST TO PISS OFF UBISOFT!
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    nforce4max , March 9, 2010 1:01 AM
    Serves them right and is like bringing down the mother ship in Independence Day.
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