Over the weekend Battlefield 4 games playing on their PCs experienced huge outages due to an attack on the servers. The disruption on the servers was carried out by an unknown party or parties using a denial-of-service attack, DDOS attack.
A DDOS attack is very hard to combat against and its main aim is to make a server or network resource unavailable to users by making so many requests to the servers that it cannot cope and crashes.
The Wikipedia website explains a little more about the DDOS attack stating that: “One common method of attack involves saturating the target machine with external communications requests, so much so that it cannot respond to legitimate traffic, or responds so slowly as to be rendered essentially unavailable. Such attacks usually lead to a server overload.
In general terms, DoS attacks are implemented by either forcing the targeted computer(s) to reset, or consuming its resources so that it can no longer provide its intended service or obstructing the communication media between the intended users and the victim so that they can no longer communicate adequately”
DICE explained to Battlefield 4 users that it is doing everything in its power to stop the DDOS attack and resume gaming connections for players to enjoy. It was reported over the weekend that players experienced problems logging in and if they could join then were left with level one equipment and without any progression bonuses. Jump over to the DICE Battlefield 4 forums for updates.