Fantage is going through another DDoS attack and they are trying to fix the situation, so we could play again. If you don’t know what a DDoS is, then here’s a definition.
A Distributed Denial of Service attack is an attempt to exhaust the resources available to a network, application or service so that legitmate users cannot gain access.
As far as I can tell, someone or some group had prevented players from logging in. No one knows who the group/person is, but it is speculated that they did it for a few reasons. Fantage had experienced hack (and still is), there’s drama in the crowded servers, and for the fact that Fantage is so easy to target for having a not so secure system.
I don’t remember when the last one had happened, but the Spanish and Japanese servers had disappeared and there were rumors of Fantage shutting down. I didn’t believe that Fantage would ever shut down because it’s the game I’ve played the longest and Fantage was also hacked at the same time. Fantage gives us that on the news section of the homepage (play.fantage.com or fantage.com).
There are a few suspects of this DDoS attack, but I cannot be sure of who.
DDoS has multiple types and can be hard to prevent.
Today’s sophisticated attackers are blending volumetric, state exhaustion and application-layer attacks against infrastructure devices all in a single, sustained attack. These cyber attacks are popular because they difficult to defend against and often highly effective.
The problem doesn’t end there. According to Frost & Sullivan, DDoS attacks are “increasingly being utilized as a diversionary tactic for targeted persistent attacks.” Attackers are using DDoS tools to distract the network and security teams while simultaneously trying to inject advanced persistent threats such as malware into the network, with the goal of stealing IP address and/or critical customer or financial information.
Volumetric, state exhaustion, and application-layer attacks are kinds of DDoS attacks. There are more kinds listed on the source, but I won’t list them here. As the source says, attackers have a goal of stealing critical customer information like email addresses and passwords. People have gotten hacked, most likely because of the DDoS attack and someone had gotten access to their accounts and took away (more like “stole”) their hard-earned items. Attackers apparently try to distract the network and the workers with DDoS tools, so they can inject advanced persistent threats (malware, viruses, etc.) and steal people’s data. Those threats may have also been injected to some of Fantage’s computers resulting in some accounts being stolen.
Cyber attackers, the people who try to steal database from online resources and files, are using more advanced technology to complete their tasks. Technology is on both sides, for everyone and against, and it can come to a point that it is used for malware and really random things (not to be mentioned). I would go into full detail about technology, but I’m only posting about news and DDoS attacks.
Cyber attackers are using more sophisticated tools and techniques to facilitate and monetize attack campaigns. These campaigns are carefully planned incursions that are designed to achieve a specific motive and mission, such as database theft.
As many Players know, there are hackers (and other kinds of users) who ask for passwords and they sometimes hack into accounts with and without knowing the password. That is database theft. Database theft is stealing hard-earned items, money, and even the account itself.
I won’t be going into too much detail, as I have given enough information about DDoS attacks and more info can be searched up.