Ubisoft sues handful of gamers for DDoSing Rainbow Six: Siege
Two Germans, a Nigerian, and a Dutchman walk into a bar. What happens next? A lawsuit, of course
Game developer Ubisoft has lodged a claim against the owners of a website that allegedly sells DDoS attacks against the servers of its best-selling game, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (R6S).
The lawsuit, filed in the US Court Central District of California on Thursday, holds the owners of the SNG.ONE website - who hail from Germany, Nigeria, and the Netherlands - responsible for DDoS attacks that have disrupted their multiplayer game servers by causing lag and crashing servers.
The website sells $30 monthly subscriptions to services purportedly designed to help clients "test" their own website security. But screenshots taken by Ubisoft claim to show the website listing specific game servers, such as Fortnite, FIFA20, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4, as potential targets.
Ubisoft alleges the defendants are “well aware of the harm" their services have caused to its business. In court documents seen by The Register, the company said the defendants "have gone out of their way to taunt and attempt to embarrass Ubisoft for the damage [their] services have caused".
"By this lawsuit, Ubisoft seeks to stop an unscrupulous commercial group of hackers and profiteers dedicated to harming Ubisoft's games and destroying the R6S player experience for their own personal financial benefit.”
The gaming company also alleges the defendants "falsely claimed" Microsoft and Ubisoft had taken over their website. In the court filing, the defendants admitted to fabricating the seizure notice.
Ubisoft has long wrestled with DDoS attacks on its R6S servers. In September, the company announced plans to prevent further attacks, which included banning certain players and reducing the workload of its servers. Ubisoft says the number of attacks has dropped by 93 per cent since the announcement.
Ubisoft has asked the court to shut down the websites and is suing for damages and its legal costs.
The Register has asked SNG.ONE to comment. ®