Online games are prone to hacks like DDoS. Several years ago Blizzard’s MMORPG World of Warcraft was subjected to this kind of hack, but the good news is that justice has been served to the hacker behind this.
38-year-old Romanian Calin Mateias has been sentenced to jail for a DDoS attack on World of Warcraft from back in 2010, when he flooded Blizzard’s European servers to prevent his in-game rivals from logging in. According to the Department of Justice, Mateias has been ordered to pay $29,987 in restitution to Blizzard and will also need to serve one year in Federal prison. What this guy thought was fun back then doesn’t seem very fun right now.
The report from the DoJ also says, “Mateias, using his in-game avatar, often participated in collaborative events, such as ‘raids, where players joined forces to meet game objectives and were rewarded with virtual proceeds or in-game advantages. Mateias became involved in disputes with other players for a variety of reasons, including the division of loot and membership in raid teams.”
Blizzard has gone after other hackers of their games in the past as well. The company has used their legal resources to bring down hackers and cheaters just like this guy.