Final Fantasy XIV was hit with a DDoS attack yesterday according to the website. The technical difficulties experienced by players has since been remedied. Stephanie Weagle, Vice President at Corero commented below.
Stephanie Weagle, Vice President at Corero:
“Final Fantasy has been caught in the DDoS cross-hairs yet again. Online gaming companies are constantly under the barrage of DDoS attacks – sometimes there are dozens of attacks per day that range in size and scale. Regardless of the motivation, or techniques used to execute the attacks, these cyber events lead to downtime, latency and availability issues. If an attack is severe enough to effectively render the game unplayable for extended periods, the business impact can be significant. Any service downtime equates to drop-in visitors and a corresponding loss of revenue. Beyond immediate revenue loss, disgruntled and impatient customers will turn to other online video gaming sites if the game they are trying to access is unresponsive or unavailable. As a result, gaming providers must enable proactive DDoS defense measures to eliminate the damage associated with a successful attack.”