Posted on August 4, 2022 at 7:28 PM
Final Fantasy 14 Suffers DDoS Attack, Disrupting Players In North America
Final Fantasy 14 has become the latest victim of a distributed denial of services (DDoS) attack. The attack affected the players in North America, as they were unable to temporarily access the platform.
Square Enix recently reported technical difficulties in its network through the official Final Fantasy 14 website. The post noted that the attack affected the game network on August 2 from 4:58 pm and 5:03 pm. The post also confirmed that only North American gamers were affected. However, the issue may not be noticeable to many users because it only caused problems for about 5 minutes.
The Impact Of The DDoS Attack On The Network
A DDoS attack is launched to confuse a certain network by loading massive amounts of traffic to the network. This can cause the targeted network to start misbehaving, rejecting genuine traffic, or completely staying unreachable.
The DDoS attack on Final Fantasy 14 caused several issues. It disconnected North American players from data center Worlds. Also, players were unable to access, send, or receive data from North American data centers, making it difficult to participate with them. However, the issue did not last long, and it has been resolved, according to a follow-up post.
Square Enix noted that it will continue to monitor the situation and work with internet services providers (ISPs) to provide countermeasures.
Gamers Anticipate Final Fantasy 14 Upgrade In August
On a positive note, Final Fantasy 14 has indicated that the much talked about Final Fantasy 14 6.2 patch is due for launch on August 23. The news has sparked excitement and anticipation from fans and players who have been eagerly waiting for the release.
Square Enix has also provided details about the upcoming update and will be providing more details. The platform has also indicated that another showcase is scheduled for next week, although an actual date was not provided.
While speaking about the update, the company released a poster for ‘Buried Memory’, which has got players anticipating that Lahabrea may be unmasked in patch 6.2.
Final Fantasy 14 A Regular Target Of Attacks
The attack on Final Fantasy 14 is now new in the gaming industry and not new to the company. Final Fantasy 14 Is Experiencing Technical Difficulties Due To DDoS Attack. A few months ago, the platform reported technical issues caused by a suspected DDoS attack.
The company reported another DDoS attack, this time a more serious one in 2017 when the attack disrupted its network and kept several users out of the service. However, for the latest attack, only a geographical section of the users were affected and the attack didn’t last too long.
Square Enix has informed users that the platform is investigating the situation, although everything has been put under control. The extra effort is to ensure that Final Fantasy can prevent further attacks launched against the network.
The company has advised those struggling to log in to go to the Square Enix website for more information to resolve their issue. The website will be providing more information as the situation develops.
DDoS attacks are increasingly being targeted at popular games. More bad actors are now launching a concentrated disruption of target servers by flooding the target’s servers with artificial internet traffic. The issue has disrupted Apex Legends continuously. In response to the series of attacks, developer Respawn Entertainment announced that it had taken several important steps to tackle the ongoing wave of DDoS cheaters in the game’s community.
No One Has Claimed Responsibility For The Attack
In the Final Fantasy XIV case, a less malicious blockage was planted by players who prevented other members from visiting the controversial Balmung server that houses poorly received advertising. But the game’s developers are making it more secure and fun. They have announced plans to add Sanctuary Islands in the August patch that will allow players to engage in artisanal activities.
There is no doubt that Final Fantasy 14 has gained enormous popularity in the online gaming world. However, with popularity comes more attraction from bad actors who have different reasons to detail the platform. Servers for an MMORPG like Final Fantasy 14 are usually targeted by DDoS attacks that overwhelm them with internet traffic.
No one has taken responsibility for the attack yet. The attack comes a few weeks after director Naoki Yoshida announced that the expansion of the North American centers will be delayed by several months, citing a semiconductor shortage.