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DrDoS and DDoS Attacks Involving Online Video Games Community
DrDoS and DDoS Attacks Involving Online Video Games Community
DrDoS and DDoS Attacks Involving Online Video Games Community
DrDoS and DDoS Attacks Involving Online Video Games Community
DrDoS and DDoS Attacks Involving Online Video Games Community
DrDoS and DDoS Attacks Involving Online Video Games Community
DrDoS and DDoS Attacks Involving Online Video Games Community
DrDoS and DDoS Attacks Involving Online Video Games Community
DrDoS and DDoS Attacks Involving Online Video Games Community
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DrDoS and DDoS Attacks Involving Online Video Games Community

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DoS and DrDoS attacks have a long history in online video gaming communities. In this presentation, get a quick introduction to the problem of attacks against players, other gaming platforms – and …

DoS and DrDoS attacks have a long history in online video gaming communities. In this presentation, get a quick introduction to the problem of attacks against players, other gaming platforms – and even financial services firms unrelated to online gaming.

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  • 1. Problems with DrDoS and DDoS Attacks Involving Online Video Games www.prolexic.com
  • 2. www.prolexic.com DDoS Attackers Use Online Video Game Servers • The technology infrastructure that supports online gamers is also used for denial of service attacks. • Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are launched against: – Fellow players – Other businesses, including the financial industry • Attacks date back to at least the 1990s. • Gaming servers with poor security controls and misconfigurations contribute to the problem. 2 May 2013 www.prolexic.com
  • 3. www.prolexic.com Why Do They Do It? • Criminals use gaming servers to boost the power of their attacks against non-gaming businesses. • Criminals steal login:password combos and sell them on the black market. – In-game currency, powerful profiles and downloaded software have real-world value. • Gamers seek to temporarily knock competitors off the server to gain an in-game advantage. • Gamers target other gaming systems to damage the playing experience on rival platforms. 3
  • 4. www.prolexic.com A Tradition of DrDoS Attacks in Online Gaming • DrDoS attacks in online gaming have been around for decades. • It may have started with reflection attacks using Counter-Strike, Quake and Half Life servers. – These servers are still used by attackers today. • The most common form of denial of service attacks in gaming communities is called packeting. • A packeting attack can target any IP address. • Gamers reveal IP addresses of fellow players by using tools called resolvers. 4
  • 5. www.prolexic.com DrDoS Attack Tools Use Online Gaming Servers 5 • Gaming-server aggregators provide a legitimate service for gamers looking for a server on which to play. • Cyber criminals use these same aggregators as a source of possibly misconfigured and vulnerable servers. • Attackers can increase the volume of malicious code directed to their intended target by reflecting and amplifying code off of many gaming servers at once. • One tool discussed in the Prolexic white paper lets attackers target several types of game servers and vary payloads, which often target other industries. • Download the white paper for specifics about a gaming attack against a Prolexic client in the financial industry.
  • 6. www.prolexic.com Weaker Attacks Against Gaming Communities • Weaker attacks target individual players or a gaming server, such as Counter-Strike or Minecraft. • The attacker’s goal is to damage the playing experience or knock a competitor off a server. • These attacks often use simple flood attacks – without reflection or amplification. 6
  • 7. www.prolexic.com Strong Attacks Against Online Gaming Comunities • Sophisticated attacks against gaming communities are launched with crimeware kits. • These kits are often rented as DDoS-as-a-service. • Tools include stressor suites and booter scripts. • The attacker’s goal is often a large disruption of a server or gaming platform. • These attacks often use reflection and amplification to increase their damage. 7
  • 8. www.prolexic.com Will Your Business Be Next? • Any type of business may be a target – without warning. • DDoS and DrDoS attackers can use misconfigured and vulnerable online gaming servers to attack any industry. • Gaming businesses are also at risk: – As a target of an attack – Of owning servers that are used in attacks against others • Prolexic has successfully mitigated attacks that involved gaming servers. 8
  • 9. www.prolexic.com Download the Free White Paper • Download the white paper, “An Analysis of DrDoS and DDoS Attacks Involving the Multiplayer Video Gaming Community: Part IV of the DrDoS White Paper Series” at www.prolexic.com/drdos. • The white paper includes: – Details about attacks involving gaming servers that harm gaming and non-gaming businesses alike – A case study of a Prolexic customer in the financial industry who was the target of such a DrDoS attack – Prevention tips for gaming network administrators • Download the white paper. 9
  • 10. www.prolexic.com About Prolexic • Prolexic Technologies is the world’s largest and most trusted provider of DDoS protection and mitigation services. • Prolexic has successfully stopped DDoS attacks for more than a decade. • We can stop even the largest attacks that exceed the capabilities of other DDoS mitigation service providers. 10

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