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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 2:34PM Averice said

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Not really sure what they are trying to accomplish... maybe a gamer bullied them when they were little? :D

Posted: Jun 14th 2011 2:57PM Lateris said

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@Averice It is to initiate more control over the internet forcing regulations which generate tax revenues and more profits to the sector of Government or investors that maintain security. I blame Skynet.
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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 3:09PM (Unverified) said

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@Averice

Impossible to say why unfortunately. :\

I'll just toss in my random thought: terrorist like behavior just because. Something along the lines of the "Some people just want to see the world burn" thing.

Though for common sense, I'd say having an actual intent of forcing better security, even through government regulations (eek) is a smarter explanation.

That's my two cents at least.
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Posted: Jun 15th 2011 12:31AM (Unverified) said

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@Averice
I can't think of a better way to encourage the authorities and all the corporate interests threatened by this sort of attack to get together and drop a lot of cash and effort to do something about it.
An accomplishment of sorts, perhaps not one they want though.
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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 2:34PM Space Cobra said

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And what reason is there to do this beyond the juvenile, "because we can!" response?

They seem to be making not only companies angry, but users/players, too.

Posted: Jun 14th 2011 5:49PM PrimeSynergy said

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@Space Cobra

I agree.

They're complete sociopaths. Reason no longer applies to what they do. It sucks, but all we can do right now is hope someone stops em all.
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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 5:50PM Borick said

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@Space Cobra It might be vandalism, but I think it's also likely to be economic warfare of the corporate/political type.

There's been a lot of market strong-arming going on. Botnet hackers mecenary themselves out for cash. I wouldn't try to conjecture about some wide-ranging conspiracy, but I'm inclined to believe that vandalism isn't a primary motive.
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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 6:40PM arodriguezc said

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@Space Cobra or it could be that someone else did it and they are blaming other in order to get people support :)
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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 7:45PM demonlife said

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@Space Cobra

"For the lulz." It's right there in their name.
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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 8:44PM JoeH42 said

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@Space Cobra They probably play WoW. If I had a dime for every time some jerk ganked a low level player just because they could, that game would have been a lovely source of income. Not being worth any honor when killed has never been the slightest defense against getting ganked.
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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 10:01PM Icemasta said

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@Space Cobra
You know what I find freaking funny? These kinds of comments were downvoted and shunned upon when it was PSN/SOE getting hacked by Anon/lulzsec. "Haha, Sony totally had it coming, they're bad, etc...". But the moment the online community feels threatened (Eve/Escapist and minecraft), suddenly, it's the fucking end of the world and these guys are crazy and what not.

Go go hypocritical online users!
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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 2:36PM Dirtyboy said

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Yeah the mighty haxx0rz use their power to shut down video game sites. All they are doing this last week is stirring up the hornet's nest and going to get many more people looking for them.

Posted: Jun 15th 2011 1:48AM kasapina said

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I think that's the point: get more attention to the fact that pretty much any site storing personal data save for a few juggernauts that are used to attacks can be hacked, and possibly increase attention to security. I also noticed how slow companies can be to report that your data is at risk (this is a DDoS attack, so it doesn't involve data theft, I'm primarily thinking of the Bethesda and Epic hackings) - if those guys are loud and announce to everyone that they have your data, there are bound to be some who are doing it purely for cash and won't tell you at all, and if the companies take their sweet time reporting it like Sony did, that's a problem.

Or they could be doing it purely for the lulz, as they claim. I suspect it's both.
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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 2:36PM doublerainbow said

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I wonder why they never attack WoW?

I guess that would be too hard, or these black hat tards couldn't pull it off...
Morons.

Posted: Jun 14th 2011 3:31PM Alex Oglitchkin said

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@doublerainbow Blizzard I am sure is well prepared for this especially once they see everything happening around them.
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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 7:40PM Caerus said

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@doublerainbow I doubt those are the reasons. Blizzard has been in the bullseye of hackers for years because of how lucrative WoW accounts and gold are, so IMO of any game company out there Blizzard probably has the best security overall. Yes, people do get hacked, but consider the number of users they have and it's not as bad as some other games.

Also, this specific attack would be a waste against Blizzard. Whenever they release a new sparklepony, their own users practically create a DDoS attack trying to log in and buy it the instant it comes out. I'm sure their servers are top-notch, and while still vulnerable I'd imagine that they are distributed enough themselves that it isn't as much of an issue, or even noticable.

On the "why" side of things, a lot of these recent events strike me as the hackers trying to do what they think is best, in their own eyes (I'm not saying it's right). They think Sony/Citi/whoever is a terrible company etc. The information is out there, but people still use the company despite the shadiness. Therefore, in the eyes of the hackers, I think they believe that anyone still using those services is actively putting themselves in the line of fire.
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Posted: Jun 15th 2011 1:09AM Xpress0 said

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@Icemasta

I can't mod you high enough sir.
Peeps you need to stop derping and read their twitter (it's full of lulz)
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Posted: Jun 15th 2011 1:29AM doublerainbow said

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@Icemasta

Um...that just shows how idiotic they are...a REAL pro would know a way around. Instead these idiots are probably using some freeware network security program that can cause damage and emulate similar attacks...

HELL I could do the same thing easily.
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Posted: Jun 15th 2011 1:35AM doublerainbow said

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@doublerainbow

Not saying that they should do this at all of course.

I believe that Blizz has at least one CISSP working for them, as well as several other experts knowledgeable about how to prevent DDOS attacks from working. Heck there are network configurations designed specificailly with these attacks in mind, and they are able to recover their servers and it would be hard as hell for them to hack their way through. The team at Blizz would simply replace what they had too and go about their merry way with minimal damage. Hell I bet Blizz has backup redundancies just for large traffic volumes.
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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 2:42PM (Unverified) said

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Yeah, these guys are being a bunch of dicks and just pissing everyone off. I really hope they get busted and get serious jail time.

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