Ubisoft Acknowledges Siege DDoS Attack Problem: Ban Wave Incoming

By Sean Carey,
All 48 of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege achievements relate to the game being played online in some way. The game has been plagued with distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks since launch. New updates to Siege have brought even more attacks, and the same can be said for the latest update Operation Ember Rise.

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Siege players — on console especially — have been complaining about high pings and constant disconnects from both Ranked and Casual play. This is down to DDoS attackers running rampant against the Siege servers in a bid to boost their rankings. It was estimated that about 8/10 Ranked matches were affected by these attackers.

Ubisoft said they have "identified the worst offenders perpetuating these DDoS/DoS attacks" and they will begin banning the cheating players on both PC and console. Ubisoft has also stated that they are considering legal options and will be issuing cease and desist letters to websites and people responsible for DDoS attacks.

To reduce the impact a DDoS attack has on the Siege servers, Ubisoft will be scaling back their servers to host only one match each. Previously, the servers would host three matches each and once hit with an attack; all three matches would be taken offline. Now if an attack occurs, only one match will be affected. Players will also no longer be penalised for suffering at the hands of a DDoS attack.

Ubisoft is also working on their servers and will be monitoring their network traffic more carefully, which will have a "substantial impact" on DDoS attacks.

For more information, you can check out the news post on the Siege website.

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Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Game Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score.
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  • lightsup55lightsup55215,383
    Posted on 19 September 19 at 14:40Permalink
    I guess it is a good thing that I haven't even started it yet.

    I'll probably consider picking it up at some point.
  • ShinnizleShinnizle761,420
    Posted on 19 September 19 at 14:54Permalink
    It's good that they are finally adressing it. The Siege community is just toxic dumpster fire trash. Wow.
    Broke is a state of wallet. Poverty is a state of mind.
  • Reina WattReina Watt297,285
    Posted on 19 September 19 at 15:06Permalink
    It's those kind of no skill losers who ruin online gaming for others
    Why get a life when as a gamer you live more lives than you can manage
  • RDSRDS238,088
    Posted on 19 September 19 at 15:21Permalink
    Worth noting is that they're being permanently banned instead of temporarily.
  • Posted on 19 September 19 at 16:20, Edited on 19 September 19 at 16:21 by Dr Frat StarPermalink
    The game is a lot of fun and it's sad that some people are ruining the experience for players that actually want to enjoy the game.
  • Posted on 19 September 19 at 17:04Permalink
    You gotta wonder why people do this knowing full well they'll eventually be banned for life, sometimes even from future games in the series rollshock
  • MsrossMsross647,180
    Posted on 19 September 19 at 17:27, Edited on 19 September 19 at 17:30 by MsrossPermalink
    Reducing matches per server to 1.

    Does this mean tripling the hardware, or has player count dropped so much it's akin to closing/merging servers on mmo's
  • Posted on 19 September 19 at 17:31Permalink
    Has this kind of stuff been going on since the game launched? shock That sounds like an awful experience if so.
  • Posted on 19 September 19 at 17:42Permalink
    Throw em in cyberjail, loosers.
  • MtldMtld1,305,164
    Posted on 19 September 19 at 18:13Permalink
    Good news. I think I'll try the game nowsmile
  • Posted on 19 September 19 at 19:10Permalink
    Fantastic game, disappointing achievement list.
    Banana Big Boys
  • GloryXplayGloryXplay315,752
    Posted on 19 September 19 at 19:34Permalink
    Nice! Now you have to get care of mouse and keyboard problem ^^
  • Crater BobCrater Bob291,073
    Posted on 19 September 19 at 19:46Permalink
    Let's wait and see if Ubisoft will practice what they're preaching, this has been a year of letdowns by devs and publishers.
    Gatekeeper Four off your starboard wing, turn to 2-2-0 and drop to Angels two or you will be fired upon!
  • stebeer85stebeer85412,423
    Posted on 19 September 19 at 21:13Permalink
    Crap game, Move on
  • Posted on 19 September 19 at 21:51Permalink
    stebeer85 said:
    Crap game, Move on
    I take it someone gets down and interrogated by Cavi alot :P
    Let's Go!
  • Posted on 19 September 19 at 22:06, Edited on 19 September 19 at 23:16 by ThreeHaddock62Permalink
    RDS#5610 said:
    Worth noting is that they're being permanently banned instead of temporarily.
    Hopefully it's a permaban from ALL Ubisoft servers.
    Hola
  • Crater BobCrater Bob291,073
    Posted on 19 September 19 at 23:19Permalink
    Christoph 5782 said:
    stebeer85 said:
    Crap game, Move on
    I take it someone gets down and interrogated by Cavi alot :P
    Could be they're like me and wanted Patriots instead of Siege like Ubisoft had originally intended seven years ago. Just a thought.
    Gatekeeper Four off your starboard wing, turn to 2-2-0 and drop to Angels two or you will be fired upon!
  • Shadow2327Shadow2327291,310
    Posted on 20 September 19 at 02:42Permalink
    Yay! Now I have more work cut out as an Ambassador less people I have to report to Microsoft if Ubisoft is reporting them first.clap
    Shadow2327
  • Hahaman4realHahaman4real337,345
    Posted on 20 September 19 at 03:47Permalink
    WHats the justifying excuse for the hackers this time.... Patch taking too long?
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