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WoW Classic suspected DDoS attacker has been arrested

A Blizzard community manager has stated that an individual was arrested in conjunction with a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks across World of Warcraft servers earlier this month. "Immediately after the Distributed Denial of Service attacks against our game service began, the Blizzard Security Team worked around the clock with local and international law enforcement agencies to track down the source of the DDoS," said community manager Kaivax in a forum post. "It is our understanding that, within a few days, authorities were able to successfully identify and arrest a suspect."

Though it seems likely, Blizzard did not confirm whether this individual was the same person who went by UkDrillas on Twitter who originally took credit for the attacks. On September 7, when players first started complaining of server issues, UkDrillas would tweet out 30-minute warnings before another wave of attacks would make logging into WoW Classic nearly impossible on many servers. Shortly after, that Twitter account was deleted.

Many DDoS attacks are not particularly sophisticated, and can be perpetrated by maliciously-minded gamers showing off to their buddies with relative ease. But the financial damage and inconvenience caused by a DDoS attack can be considerable, and in the past has sometimes resulted in the perpetrators being imprisoned for multiple years.

In both the United States and Europe, DDoS attacks are charged as federal crimes that may lead to prison sentences of several years. In the United Kingdom, the penalty is a maximum sentence of 10 years. The reason for the suspect’s attack against World of Warcraft Classic servers remains unknown, but whatever it was, the trade-off will likely be jail time. More than a year ago, a DDoS attacker who targeted World of Warcraft was sentenced to a year in prison with a nearly $30,000 fine. Finally, to enjoy all the features in the game, players can Buy WOW Classic Power Leveling from rvgm.com at a reasonable price.

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