Blizzard’s Battle.net servers are experiencing issues third time in a week that is keeping players offline but this time, the publisher has revealed this is the result of a distributed denial-of-service cyber attack.
The attack has knocked down gamers of Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and more. Players on PC, as well as consoles like Xbox One and PlayStation 4, are all encountering difficulties thus complaining them on social media.
On Twitter, the publisher has updated its official customer-service account to confirm the problem:
“We are currently monitoring a DDOS attack against network providers which is affecting latency/connections to our games,” wrote BlizzardCS on Sunday (September 18).
Poodle Corp, a splinter organization of Lizard Squad that specializes in taking down servers of large companies, is claiming responsibility for the attack. In a tweet, Poodle Corp said it would release Blizzard’s servers if 2,000 retweets were met.
Poodle Corp subsequently ended its attack.
Blizzard has been subject to password hacks in the past and in late-August, a similar attack had knocked down its servers.