Ubisoft enters legal battle against DDoS attackers in Rainbow Six Siege

By Sean Carey,
Ubisoft has filed a lawsuit against the owners of an alleged distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack website that sold DDoS subscription services for Ubisoft's game Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. This is the second legal battle in recent months that Ubisoft has entered surrounding the competitive multiplayer first-person shooter.

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The defendants listed in the lawsuit are from various countries across the world (including Nigeria, Netherlands, and Germany) and are supposedly behind the website SNG.ONE. The site sells subscriptions of up to $299.85 for a "lifetime" membership (or a $30 monthly subscription) which grants customers access to specialised software and services that enables them to pull off targeted DDoS attacks on the server that allows Siege players to play and compete in the game, according to the lawsuit.

Siege has suffered badly to the hands of DDoS attacks and cheaters previously, especially on console. Back in September last year, Ranked matches were so severely affected by DDoS attacks that it was estimated that eight out of ten matches were affected. Ubisoft said at the time that it had identified the worst offenders and would begin banning cheating players while serving offending websites with cease and desist letters which were deemed responsible.

Ubisoft says in the filing that the defendants knew how much harm they could cause with DDoS Attacks to Ubisoft and that they even created a fake "seizure" notice on their website that "falsely claimed" that Microsoft and Ubisoft had shut down the website. "Knowing that this lawsuit was imminent, Defendants have hastily sought to conceal evidence concerning their involvement, even going so far as to create and publish a fictional seizure notice on one of the websites used by Defendants falsely claiming that the domain had been seized by 'Microsoft Inc. and Ubisoft Entertainment.'"

Ubisoft is seeking to shut down the website and claim damages and fees.

This the second legal battle Ubisoft has entered in recent months surrounding hackers in Siege. The developer and publisher is suing the website MizuSoft that allegedly sold cheating software for Siege and was seeking a maximum of $25,000 per violation.

Source: Polygon
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.