Ubi's DRM servers vulnerable to attacks

Written by Joe Martin

March 9, 2010 // 11:52 a.m.

Tags: #assassins-creed #drm #silent-hunter-5 #ubis-drm-servers-vulnerable-to-attacks #ubisoft

Ubisoft has spoken out about the server downtime yesterday which crippled the new always-online DRM system the company uses and stopped fans from playing their games, revealing that the servers were brought down by denial of service attacks.

Speaking to Eurogamer though, a Ubisoft spokesperson remained adamant that the server downtime only affected 5 percent of players, while the remaining portion wouldn't have even noticed.

"Ubisoft would like to apologise to anyone who could not play ACII or SH5 yesterday," said a press statement released yesterday.

"Servers were attacked and while the servers did not go down, service was limited from 2.30pm to 9pm Paris time [1.30pm - 8pm GMT]...95 per cent of players were not affected, but a small group of players attempting to open a game session did receive denial of service errors."

"All players with an open session during the attack were not affected.

"We also confirm that, at this time, no valid cracked version of either Silent Hunter 5 or Assassin’s Creed II are available."

Meanwhile, unofficial reports from pirates continue to circulate that cracked versions of the game are available, though that's unconfirmed. It's also worth noting that, even if only 5 percent of gamers were affected by the downtime, Ubisoft has still revealed that their servers are vulnerable to even basic attacks.

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