Cyber Attack on Final Fantasy XIV game users

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Square Enix, a Japan-based Video Game developer, publisher, and distributor has released a statement that most of the game users of Final Fantasy XIV(FFXIV) were hit by a series of cyber attacks. As a result of which they are unable to either login into their accounts or log-out of them for more than 48 hours.

Sources reporting to Cybersecurity Insiders say that the servers used in the data centers of Square Enix Holdings Limited were consistently being targeted by Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that were preventing most of the users from accessing the game “Final Fantasy XIV”.

The identities of the hackers are yet to be known. But as per the Prima Facie conducted by the IT staff of the data center, the attacks are being launched by two web development firms lurking on the soils of one of the cyber adversaries of Japan.

Square Enix says that the denial of service attacks started from early October and continued till late last month. But the latest which took place on Tuesday this week was eventually a major cyber attack which crippled the servers operating in the datacenters of the said company located in Japan, North America, and Europe.

A study by a US Internet Company says that 80% of DDoS related cyber attacks are now taking place on gaming servers operated by well-known companies. The study says that the motive behind the attack could be a grudge against a company, to seek money or for pleasure.

NOTE- Final Fantasy XIV is a multiplayer online game which is designed for Microsoft Windows OS interface. Developed in 2010, the game has now entered into its fourteenth series and takes place between two tribes.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security