Ubisoft’s DRM Servers Were Down Because of Hackers

It was a somebody set up us the bombmoment at Ubisoft. It could also have been an I told you so!moment from many anti-DRM factions. The diabolic DRM protection server of Ubisoft that it launched for two games (Assassin’s Creed II and Silent Hunter 5) had an outage for about six and a half hours, rendering both of them unplayable. Why? Because the games needed to be constantly authenticated via the DRM server while playing. So, denial of service from DRM server = no gameplay = sad (and eventually angered) gamers.


In a tweet, Ubisoft apologized for the outage, claiming that it was due to an attack by (possibly, haha) hackers.

Apologies to anyone who couldn’t play ACII or SH5 yesterday. Servers were attacked which limited service from 2:30pm to 9pm Paris time

However, this was only the beginning of their woes, as they handled yet another attack on their servers today, that affected those who were trying to log in. This just goes on to show that the hackers were definitely people against such outrageous DRM-protection on gaming.

As for me, I’ll just do a “bet t all” and not buy any games that involve such pathetic DRM protection.

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  • 6 Hours! Wow with the proper tools in place, you could monitor these network segments, detect abnormal behaviors (i.e. throughput spikes, SYN floods, etc.) and be notified in real time. Within minutes you could have the proper firewall rules in place to block these hackers. Go to http://www.opnet.com for more details….

  • CrazyB

    well today 13.03.2010

    we did it again enabling us pirates to play the game wild legit owner got stuck with the server error

    it a brutal way to get trough to UbiSoft and I feel bad for the legit owners but this DRM system i just BS