If you're a fan of Blizzard's roster of games, you might have noticed that Battle.net — particularly for World of Warcraft — were down earlier this morning.
The developer has since confirmed why: their data centres and servers were subject to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, with the infamous group Lizard Squad taking responsibility.
News of the outage began circulating social media and the Battle.net forums, with users reporting that their World of Warcraft servers and all characters within were lagging out. Users were eventually disconnected from their servers, and it soon became clear that something was wrong with Battle.net more broadly.
A member of Blizzard's support team confirmed that a "potential DDoS" had been levied against one of the company's data centres a few hours ago, and Blizzard's support account on Twitter said that they were monitoring an attack "against network providers".
We are currently monitoring a DDOS attack against network providers which is affecting connections to our games. https://t.co/YsDZ0CYdFX
— BlizzardCS (@BlizzardCS) April 14, 2016
Lizard Squad, as they have done in previous outages, took responsibility for the attack over Twitter.
— Lizard Squad (@LizardLands) April 14, 2016
Another Blizzard representative added they weren't going to acknowledge any groups who took responsibility "to reduce visibility".
The effect of the attacks appeared to cease shortly after 2:00 PM. Blizzard's continuing to investigate the attacks and a thread on the saga, which ran to 39 pages, has since been locked.
Did you have any troubles logging into Battle.net today?