Nothing sucks more than DDoS attacks. They are used to disrupt popular sites, games, or feeds just to be dicks. They claim they are doing it for the people that they are inconveniencing, and it usually backfires on the group perpetuating the attack. Ubisoft has had that issue with their Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege servers. Last week, Ubisoft filed a lawsuit against the owners of an attack website that is the source of their problems.
The source of their ire is SNG.ONE. According to the lawsuit, the website sells subscriptions to their server, which is used to launch DDoS attacks. The lawsuit states that the company sells $299.85 “lifetime” subscriptions, while they offer a $30 monthly subscriptions. A screen show of the complaint showed games like Fortnite, FIFA 20, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 as potential targets.
Ubisoft says the site owners “are well aware of the harm” their services have caused them. “Indeed, Defendants have gone out of their way to taunt and attempt to embarrass Ubisoft for the damage its services have caused to [Rainbow Six Siege],” Ubisoft lawyers write. The lawsuit points to a tweet sent by an alleged defendant.
Ubisoft, also, alleges that the company created a fake “seizure” notice and posted it on their website “falsely” claiming that Microsoft and Ubisoft had taken over the site. The lawsuit says the defendants admitted they created the seizure notice “in order to get Ubisoft to admit that they have a problem.” Whatever the fuck that means.
DDoS attacks in Rainbow Six Siege have been a big problem. In September 2019, the developer launched a multipronged plan to stop players from using DDoS attacks, which create lag in multiplayer matches and can crash servers. Ubisoft said it saw a 93% drop in the frequency of attacks after it shared its plan.
Ubisoft is asking the courts to decide in their favor, which would result in shutting down the websites, award damages, and fees. It is almost certain that the courts will favor Ubisoft, but how long will it work in their favor? You know (as with anything), you cutoff one avenue – another one will pop up in its place.