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DDoS Attacks & What Gamers Can Do - Avast Director Speaks

Posted by Suzie Ford on Jun 21, 2017  | Comments

DDoS Attacks & What Gamers Can Do - Avast Director Speaks - MMORPG.com

Avast Director of Strategy Jonathan Penn has some great advice for Final Fantasy XIV players and for players of all online games. His comments came after the news of ongoing DDoS attacks on FFXIV: Stormblood broke across the Internet. Attacks such as these can come at the virtual hands of any number of devices connected to the online world.

Here's what Mr. Penn had to say:

“Today, botnets like the one that has plagued FF14’s servers don’t have any boundaries – every printer, gaming console and anything else connected to the Internet can be used by a botnet to launch DDoS attacks. So far, cybercriminals have only been able to harness DDoS attacks to take down masses of websites — an annoyance, but not life-threatening. This attack in particular may not result in data loss, but it does cripple performance and makes an impact on gameplay.

The reality is, the power of these kinds of attacks will only continue to evolve moving forward. Soon we will see fully autonomous, artificial intelligence-based attacks that will operate independently, adapt and make decisions on their own – putting our digital devices and web infrastructure at even greater risk.

We are all responsible in taking proactive steps to protect our devices. At the very least, we should set up all of our devices with strong, unique passwords and the latest firmware available to prevent infection of their devices. Additionally, running anti-malware software is another precaution that consumers and businesses should take.

If you think an attack on your devices is in progress, contact your ISP immediately to look into it and work with them to check whether all the traffic from your network is legitimate."

 

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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