Minecraft Multiplayer Goes Down As Minecraft.net Gets Attacked

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Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

Oh, the things you can build in Minecraft! This is awesome, DynamiteKyle. 
So, you're having problems logging into your Minecraft account and getting into multiplayer servers. There's a reason for this. Someone (or a group) is currently DDoS attacking the game's hub, Minecraft.net, and the strain is causing problems on the player's end.

On October 20, the game's creator, Markus Persson (or "Notch") updated his blog stating that he believed the site was being assaulted. Later in the day he backed off that assessment, only to come around again after confirming that his problems were indeed the result of a malicious flood. 

"SYN flood, apparently," Notch wrote, explaining what was happening. He continued in the short post, "I've learned a lot today. One of those lessons is [that I need to] hire a Linux guru."   
 
Speaking with us today, Notch said that the Minecraft forums community has been a big help in identifying what is going on. With their aid and an ISP confirmation, Notch was able to fix the damage of one attack, shortly before another and larger DDoS attack started.
 
"I didn't realize it was an attack at first," Notch told us via e-mail. "I got some great help from the people running the Minecraft forums, and then my server host confirmed it was a DDoS attack. We fixed the initial attack, but then a larger one started." 
 


This morning, Notch provided an update about current events on his blog. Minecraft is still the victim of an ongoing DDoS attack, and just like the yesterday, Notch has no clue why his site is being targeted. "As to why Minecraft.net is being targeted, I'm not sure," Notch wrote. "While the guys hosting my server are looking into things, I'll get back to coding." The game's Halloween update, which adds a new realm, fishing, jack-o-lanterns, six new block types and more, is still in the works.
 
As of now, Minecraft.net is up and available for use. Notch told us that he's "geting great help from several sources now" and hopes "it will be fixed tomorrow." 
  
UPDATE: A group that wants Notch to put out more updates for the game is claiming responsibility for the DDoS attacks in a 4chan post, according to Kotaku. It's impossible to tell at the moment if these guys are really the ones responsible for these attacks. Note: this group isn't claiming affiliation with 4chan.
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

Oh, the things you can build in Minecraft! This is awesome, DynamiteKyle. 
So, you're having problems logging into your Minecraft account and getting into multiplayer servers. There's a reason for this. Someone (or a group) is currently DDoS attacking the game's hub, Minecraft.net, and the strain is causing problems on the player's end.

On October 20, the game's creator, Markus Persson (or "Notch") updated his blog stating that he believed the site was being assaulted. Later in the day he backed off that assessment, only to come around again after confirming that his problems were indeed the result of a malicious flood. 

"SYN flood, apparently," Notch wrote, explaining what was happening. He continued in the short post, "I've learned a lot today. One of those lessons is [that I need to] hire a Linux guru."   
 
Speaking with us today, Notch said that the Minecraft forums community has been a big help in identifying what is going on. With their aid and an ISP confirmation, Notch was able to fix the damage of one attack, shortly before another and larger DDoS attack started.
 
"I didn't realize it was an attack at first," Notch told us via e-mail. "I got some great help from the people running the Minecraft forums, and then my server host confirmed it was a DDoS attack. We fixed the initial attack, but then a larger one started." 
 


This morning, Notch provided an update about current events on his blog. Minecraft is still the victim of an ongoing DDoS attack, and just like the yesterday, Notch has no clue why his site is being targeted. "As to why Minecraft.net is being targeted, I'm not sure," Notch wrote. "While the guys hosting my server are looking into things, I'll get back to coding." The game's Halloween update, which adds a new realm, fishing, jack-o-lanterns, six new block types and more, is still in the works.
 
As of now, Minecraft.net is up and available for use. Notch told us that he's "geting great help from several sources now" and hopes "it will be fixed tomorrow." 
  
UPDATE: A group that wants Notch to put out more updates for the game is claiming responsibility for the DDoS attacks in a 4chan post, according to Kotaku. It's impossible to tell at the moment if these guys are really the ones responsible for these attacks. Note: this group isn't claiming affiliation with 4chan.
#2 Posted by Diablochicken14 (114 posts) -

oh no

#3 Posted by cwdawg1224 (277 posts) -

Soooo sad.... :(

#4 Posted by Jonnyflash80 (498 posts) -

Who would do such a thing?

#5 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

Who attacked him? We need to find the source of the DDOS.

#6 Posted by Vorbis (2750 posts) -

Nice to see Notch replying to Brads emails. Hope he can get it fixed.

#7 Posted by DoctorWelch (2774 posts) -

Um, what?

#8 Posted by JohnnyMcmillen (156 posts) -

Those fucking skellingtons.

#9 Posted by Jeffsekai (7027 posts) -

looool

#10 Posted by Mesoian (1574 posts) -

This is a really silly attack. 
 
'WE DEMAND MORE CONTENT! WE WANT MORE UPDATES! WE WANT MORE REGULAR MEDIA FROM THE SERVERS! AND TO SHOW HOW SERIOUS WE ARE, WE GOING TO MAKE IT SO YOU CAN'T ACCESS ANY OF YOUR SERVERS, SO YOU CAN'T ADD ANY MORE CONTENT OR DO ANY MORE UPDATES!" 
 
Dumb.

#11 Posted by TheMartino (136 posts) -

Of all the things to attack, Minecraft? Come on people.

Maybe it's vengeance for stealing away countless hours of our lives.

#12 Edited by PhatSeeJay (3322 posts) -

Some article on Kotaku mentioned an attacker publicly addressing this on 4chan as a statement that Notch should bring the new content that was promised or else. Whether that's true or not is a different question, but it's a rather annoying thing to deal with when it's "just" an alpha and only one person working on it.

#13 Posted by Krystal_Sackful (809 posts) -

Whoever made that quote statue is awesome.

#14 Posted by Ryax (4630 posts) -
@Jonnyflash80 said:
" Who would do such a thing? "
4 chan
#15 Posted by Getz (2997 posts) -

The internet is full of assholes.

#16 Posted by HypoXenophobia (1045 posts) -

I'm surprised people who do denial of service attacks still exist. Pity for the guy, but I'm just amazed those type of people are still around.
On a side note, has Giant bomb or any other Whiskey Media site ever been attacked by a DDoS?

#17 Posted by solidlife (877 posts) -

but why :(

#18 Posted by KaiUnderneath (118 posts) -

Yeah I noticed this yesterday. 
Pretty weak...I've still been playing the single player offline just fine though...since that's all I really play anyways. 
Still...come on. Attacking Minecraft.net? So pathetic.

#19 Posted by aurahack (2270 posts) -

Man, people are assholes.

#20 Posted by Nentisys (889 posts) -

Damn, can't play on my friends server. Minecraft is the bomb.

#21 Posted by Rockdalf (1275 posts) -

I hope Notch somehow finds out who it is and gets some form of justice.

#22 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

This is more ridiculous than just some random person trying to attack Minecraft for the hell of it.

#23 Posted by Nytrik (153 posts) -

Why? I don't get it. So fucking sad. 

#24 Posted by Rhombus_Of_Terror (2094 posts) -

That's a real shame, I hope Notch fixes it soon, he's made such a great concept.

#25 Posted by Jayross (2365 posts) -

THOSE FUCKING BASTARDS!

I blame Roblox...

#26 Posted by Turbo_Toaster (964 posts) -
@Mesoian said:
" This is a really silly attack.   'WE DEMAND MORE CONTENT! WE WANT MORE UPDATES! WE WANT MORE REGULAR MEDIA FROM THE SERVERS! AND TO SHOW HOW SERIOUS WE ARE, WE GOING TO MAKE IT SO YOU CAN'T ACCESS ANY OF YOUR SERVERS, SO YOU CAN'T ADD ANY MORE CONTENT OR DO ANY MORE UPDATES!"   Dumb. "
Came in here to say this lol
#27 Posted by Andrela (621 posts) -

Habo hotel is one thing, this isn't even funny

#28 Posted by MechaEspio (40 posts) -

So... people wanted Notch to release more updates... and to make that happen they caused problems for the site that he would have to spend time fixing. Time that he otherwise could have used to work on more updates?
 
Not enough facepalms in the world.

#29 Posted by DukeTogo (1504 posts) -

So attacking the server and diverting all the staffs attention to deal with it is supposed to make him get work done.  I guess launching one of these attacks doesn't require the smarts I assumed it did.

#30 Posted by drewm135 (216 posts) -

Noooooooo! Take anything, but don't harm Minecraft! Seriously who is dumb enough to feel they're entitled to updates on their own schedule. Mojang has like 7 people for crying out loud

#31 Posted by Krakn3Dfx (2489 posts) -

I don't understand the reasoning behind this, given that n0tch has announced a huge Halloween update.
 
Kind of sucks tho, seems to still be going on as my server has sat largely empty for the last 24 hours.  Usually there are always at least half a dozen people on.

#32 Posted by faustyn (615 posts) -

way to go ebaums.

#33 Posted by LiberalTugboat (4 posts) -

When is someone going to DDoS 4chan?

#34 Posted by chmod (292 posts) -

God damn you, internet hacker gangs!

#35 Posted by Wildfire570 (719 posts) -

Thats not okay! Also that should not be okay! What the hell? I mean come on give the indie devs a break here they're trying their best to make this game even more awesome. I don't think its solves anything and you're just pissing off everyone in the process.

#36 Posted by FlipperDesert (2083 posts) -
@Mesoian said:
" This is a really silly attack.   'WE DEMAND MORE CONTENT! WE WANT MORE UPDATES! WE WANT MORE REGULAR MEDIA FROM THE SERVERS! AND TO SHOW HOW SERIOUS WE ARE, WE GOING TO MAKE IT SO YOU CAN'T ACCESS ANY OF YOUR SERVERS, SO YOU CAN'T ADD ANY MORE CONTENT OR DO ANY MORE UPDATES!"   Dumb. "
Well, if there's one thing angry shut-in teenagers are good at it's thinking rationally.
#37 Posted by lightsoda (540 posts) -

Anyone saying 4chan is responsible for this, is giving them way to much credit. Like they're responsible for everything wrong with the internet, pft.

#38 Posted by Dopey2400 (72 posts) -

Fuck Tards.

#39 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8698 posts) -

Dickheads.
 
Hope they get buried alive in a tomb made of blocks.

#40 Posted by JoelTGM (5596 posts) -

great... now it's popular enough that hacker nerds with no life are messing with it for some attention.

#41 Edited by slowbird (1687 posts) -

HERE'S A TIP, ATTACKERS:  IF YOU WANT HIM TO RELEASE MORE UPDATES, QUIT FUCKING UP HIS SITE SO HE CAN GET BACK TO WORK YOU GREEDY SELFISH PIECES OF SHIT!
 
some people are so fucking stupid.

#42 Posted by shintsurugi (76 posts) -
@Theavsfan said:
" God damn you, internet hacker gangs! "
XD 
 
And seriously, guys. Let the guy make his thing. 
#43 Posted by GoldSoundz (100 posts) -

If you mess with Minecraft, you mess with me.  Someone give me an address so I can go track these little snots down and put them in a sleeper hold.

#44 Posted by 234r2we232 (3181 posts) -

What's a Minecraft?

#45 Posted by Seedofpower (3928 posts) -

Who the fuck would attack a game they like, because they want more content.
 
Fucking idiots.

#46 Edited by Mikular (162 posts) -

Who the fuck, and why the fuck? 
Minecraft has no moral problems, takes no stances on any issues, is very popular, and very indie. The only thing I can see any delusional idiots taking issue with is that Markus Persson found... success? 
 
In short, kill 'em. 
 
EDIT: Update issues? Really? And they think killing the network will somehow solve this issue?

#47 Edited by TadThuggish (906 posts) -
@Seedofpower said:

" Who the fuck would attack a game they like, because they want more content.  Fucking idiots. "

4chan, because ANON FIGHT SCIENTOLOGY RICK ROLLAN LOL EPIC WIN 
OVER 9000  
TOO OLD
DEADPOOL SO FUNNAY
REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET 
 I CAN SAY THE N-WORD ON HERE OH THANK GOD FINALLY MY MOM WON'T HEAR ABOUT IT
#48 Posted by Aarduil (45 posts) -

4chan didn't do it (this time). Their raids are organized by - sometimes multiple - threads on tthe boards /b/ or (rarely) /v/. There were no such threads before and after the attack, and no threads when Notch posted in his blog. In fact, /v/ had a couple of threads with people pissed off. Most of 4chan actually really likes Minecraft.

#49 Posted by ch3burashka (5040 posts) -

If that 4chan update is for real, that's dumb. I doubt it's validity, though - DDoSing a game you like for more updates doesn't seem like a good idea to get what you want.

#50 Posted by RiotBananas (3600 posts) -

Protip: Giving them attention is just fuelling the fire. 
 
Stop publicising it.

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