RuneScape Dev Spending Millions to Fight DDoS Attacks

| 7 Nov 2013 18:50
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RuneScape's developer Jagex is offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of individuals behind ongoing attacks on the game's servers.

Jagex, the makers of RuneScape, recently took the time to discuss with its customers the source of "intermittent" connectivity problems that have been plaguing the MMORPG for over a year. These issues were apparently caused by "numerous DDoS attacks" against the game which the developers described as part of a "growing plague within the industry that many online services struggle with."

While the studio hasn't been able to pin the attacks on a single group or person, it does believe that they are, in part, a response to its ongoing efforts to stem the tide of bot players and gold farming in RuneScape. These efforts would presumably include a recent Bond initiative which apparently cleared away much as 80 percent of the game's gold farming.

In response to the DDoS assaults, Jagex has apparently made a "multi-million pound investment in [its] global IT infrastructure to deal with the [problem.]" The company is also working with "a number of service and security providers to eradicate the issue completely" and with world law enforcement entities to trying to bring the culprits behind the attacks in to face the consequences of their crimes. Anyone with information that might lead to the arrest of said individuals can contact Jagex and potentially be rewarded with a $10,000 bounty.

Source: RuneScape

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