Last updated on 21/01/2020
“The DDoS attacks that Defendants enable are designed to disrupt and impede R6S servers.”
Ubisoft has filed a lawsuit against a website that allegedly distributes denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against its Rainbow Six: Siege servers.
As reported by Polygon (thanks, VG24/7), the website concerned sells tiered plans to clients looking to “test” the robustness of their website security, but a screenshot taken by the Ubisoft of the website reportedly shows the services are abused and lists the servers of “Fortnite, FIFA 20, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 as potential targets”.
The lawsuit – which was filed in Calfornia late last week – lists a number of individual defendants and accuses the site owners of being “well aware of the harm” their services cause, saying the “defendants have gone out of their way to taunt and attempt to embarrass Ubisoft for the damage its services have caused to [Rainbow Six Siege]”.
“In order to maintain Ubisoft’s strong community of dedicated R6S players, Ubisoft has invested considerable time, money, and effort into ensuring that all of its players have a positive, fun, and rewarding experience each time they play R6S,” the lawsuit says. “By this lawsuit, Ubisoft seeks to stop an unscrupulous commercial group of hackers and profiteers dedicated to harming Ubisoft’s games and destroying the R6S player experience for their own personal financial benefit.
“Defendants are members of a business enterprise that provides its customers with subscription-based access to software and other online services designed to enable their customers to perpetrate targeted denial-of-service and distributed denial-of-service attacks (the “DDoS Attacks”) on the computer servers that enable R6S players to play and compete in the game,” it continues. “Defendants have offered the DDoS Services through various domain names, websites, and anonymous online aliases [and t]he DDoS Attacks that Defendants enable and facilitate are designed to disrupt and impede the functioning of the R6S servers, often disconnecting all of the players playing R6S on the targeted server.
“And even when the DDoS Attacks do not completely destroy existing matches, they can, and regularly do, impede the normal operation of the game, including by causing severe degradation of the game experience for legitimate players,” it adds.
Ubisoft is seeking damages and court fees and petitions the court to shut down the websites concerned.