Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3 Servers Taken Offline Following Hack Attack
Written Thursday, May 09, 2013 By Richard Walker
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Thanks to an assault from hackers, DICE has been forced to take down the Battlefield 3 servers last night, as the developer looks to resolve multiplayer server connectivity issues brought about by the breach. The Battlefield team is "incredibly disappointed by these activities and the impact they are having on all of our ability to enjoy BF3." Understandable, that.

"The current Battlefield 3 outages are a result of activity that appears to be aimed at overwhelming our back-end infrastructure," a post on the official Battlefield forums states. "We are working on a variety of solutions to address this problem and are focused on resolution as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience and support."

As the focus of the attack was on Battlefield 3's network communications, DICE stressed that no one's user data has been compromised, so you can rest easy and wait for DICE to resolve the problems. "At this point, no user data is involved. We share your frustration about the impact this has had to our service and the ability for many of you to play Battlefield 3. We are working tirelessly to mitigate the problem," the forum post continues.

"As a part of our efforts to resolve these issues, we've conducted rolling restarts of Battlefield infrastructure servers to apply some updates. Thank you for your patience and support while we work to get everyone back and playing Battlefield 3 as soon as possible."

Here's hoping you'll be back playing Battlefield 3 online soon.

[Via OXM]


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Comment #1 by ResistYourFate
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 06:35:48 AM
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Someone hacking something for the enjoyment of one, always ruins it for the enjoyment of many

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Comment #2 by Notorious Kiwi
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 06:38:21 AM
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I always feel bad for companies that have their servers breached and people consistently complain, they realise you want to play so winging the servers are offline isn't going to change anything...

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Comment #4 by tasteslikepain
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 06:52:24 AM
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Maybe if they didn't make almost all of their servers available for public hire effectively ruining the game for everyone, ,this wouldn't have happened

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Comment #5 by Kyusskiller
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 06:53:35 AM
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I didn't do it. It was that EA butthole over there.

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Comment #6 by KingLouis51
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 07:00:18 AM
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It's a sad truth, but these hacks are ultimately a good thing as they encourage companies to strengthen their networks. Seatbelts and airbags only exist because people's lives were lost in car crashes.

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Comment #8 by Sanchezz4387
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 07:05:39 AM
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@6 great viewpoint there mate good way of putting this into perspective

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Comment #9 by wyliecoyote1973
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 07:09:34 AM
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Genuine question. What is the point of hacking? Is it just knowing that you have caused severe disruption to people & pissed them off? (But you cannot see you results so whats the point) or is it more sinister than that??

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Comment #10 by UKevin
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 07:11:00 AM
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Trust me guys, you don't want to do as I and go check what's going on on BF3's forum. Some Serbian bloke is trying to convince people that "COD payed good money for a DDoS attack"...

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Comment #11 by cheevo360
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 07:27:33 AM
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EA vs. Hackers - EA wins. We know publisher alway fixed to stop Hackers. :)

I haven't played BF 3 for age but I do want everyone play nature and avoid hacks so good thing fixing and blocked hackers. :)

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Comment #12 by cheevo360
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 07:29:09 AM
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Cannot wait for BF 4 though. Let hope this wouldn't face same problem in 2 years later like BF 3 got now. :)

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Comment #13 by Barad
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 07:30:28 AM
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Was playing yesterday afternoon and it was fine, damn hackers.

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Comment #15 by Rivercurse
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 07:45:40 AM
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It's possible to purchase servers for hire in this game right? Wonder if they'll refund the money to anyone who paid yesterday right before it all went offline.

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Comment #16 by TheBrute1997
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 08:32:07 AM
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@14 You're proof of how pathetic BF3 fanboys are.

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Comment #17 by Wolf825
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 08:32:37 AM
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@6: What? Seriously?

If there were no hackers, you would not need stronger networks. No one is going to die from a hack.

That is a really bad analogy. It's kind of like saying that suicide bombers are good and necessary, because they help improve anti-terrorist methods.

I don't see any good in hacking the BF network. Hacks should be for fighting some kind of injustice or to make a political statement.

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Comment #18 by Tsukasa117
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 08:33:55 AM
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@3 Unfortunately the development of network protection involves hiring hackers to create new ways of hacking be it a virus, malware, etc. so that it can be plugged but that also means is that their being paid to create something more adaptive and evolved to the last virus its a cruel irony.

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Comment #19 by iBuzz7S
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 08:41:58 AM
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Everybody loves to hate on EA and call them scum, yet servers get taken down due to an attack and all of a sudden everybody has sympathy for them? Riiight...

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Comment #20 by Iconoclast Envy
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 08:46:28 AM
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So Battlefield is better than Cod huh? i see i see.

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Comment #21 by UKevin
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 08:51:56 AM
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EA isn't directly being attacked here. Dice is. Now if it were all EA sports servers being taken down your statement would make sense but that's not the case.

@14 is the sort of idiot you can see on BF3's forums right now.

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Comment #22 by CALIBORS
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 08:53:40 AM
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players might be forced to play the awful campaign.....

Damn you hackers!

goes and plays bad company

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Comment #23 by mr wong tong
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 09:05:55 AM
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Later today

We haven't really been hacked we're closing our servers down in preparation for Battlefield 4.

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Comment #25 by MFCH 37
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 09:26:01 AM
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... and from this day on EA/DICE are mysteriously "hacked" multiple times a quarter, especially at game launches.

"Um, yeah, those hackers got us again! Otherwise we'd be providing GREAT service!"

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Comment #26 by Haters
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 09:55:24 AM
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This sucks but hope they get it fixed soon and about BF4 please lose this rent a server crap

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Comment #27 by Wesker STARS
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 09:55:44 AM
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The shitty part is, this game has been hacked for quite some time. All one has to do is simply search youtube for a multitude of videos showing how easy it is to get infinite health, etc.. online. The game is a joke, which is why I personally won't be getting BF4. Plus I only play hardcore/no map and DICE has no official no map servers so I have to play on other peoples rented servers, AKA I get booted if I start doing too well and am playing against the host. Unacceptable in this day and age to be in 1st place on the entire server and then "kicked by admin".

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Comment #28 by deluxnugs
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 10:12:05 AM
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well i dislike battlefield even more then cod, so this is awesome news!

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Comment #29 by ebin
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 10:53:49 AM
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@6 I wish someone would break into my house so I could strengthen its weaknesses. Come on man.

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Comment #30 by EMP
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 11:13:43 AM
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Activision must be held responsible.

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Comment #31 by Wolfie9985
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 11:26:25 AM
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The game is working fine...I'm playing it right now! Strange.

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Comment #32 by l.maciver
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 11:29:34 AM
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#6, good point but the seatbelt part is wrong, the moment people used seatbelts they drive faster.

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Comment #33 by Goldyman77
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 11:49:13 AM
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Ironic that this happened the same day that "Anonymous" said they were going to hack several top level government sites and banks such as Bank of America, though I'm sure they aren't related in the slightest since some of the world's best hackers wouldn't waste their time with anything involving EA. Hope it gets resolved and nobody lost any personal info or in game-progress though!

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Comment #34 by FalconSAE1890
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 12:30:24 PM
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Does anybody know how long the servers will be down or if they are up already?

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Comment #36 by Slayinfool
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 12:47:50 PM
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Comment #37 by priwogic
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 01:01:35 PM
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@4 is that a joke post or you really that stupid.

its got nothing to do with who controls the servers themselves.

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Comment #38 by SpectrumFlash
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 01:16:43 PM
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@20 Only for Campaign and the fact that it has Zombies. The multiplayer sucks.

OT: Poor DICE. They don't deserve this. Maybe Treyarch does! Or Ubisoft.....

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Comment #39 by SasileUchiha92
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 01:38:45 PM
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And there was going to be double XP weekend, but it got postponed because of this. I hope all hackers, like whoever did this, have a very painful death.

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Comment #40 by mjc0961
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 01:58:28 PM
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Couldn't have happened to a pair of shittier companies. DICE is a bunch of lying mother fuckers, claiming their engine can't run on Wii U but can run on the less powerful 360 and PS3 (bullshit), and EA is EA. I don't even have to go into further detail about that, we all know EA is total shit.

DICE, EA, meet my good friend karma. You do bad shit to your customers, bad shit happens to you in return. Enjoy it, assholes, you earned it.

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Comment #41 by xbox malex
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 02:04:27 PM
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Nice try, Activision.

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Comment #42 by MrOodlesnNoodle
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 05:22:56 PM
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Pros - Forces company to make their IT's actually work and not use simple security. Why pay for security and have your IT's not do their job?

Cons - Consumers complaining. Lose some reputation.

It's a never ending cycle

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Comment #43 by hotdogenigma
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 08:56:34 PM
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What really happened is that EA meant to flick the switch on a 2 year old sports game, but fucked up and blamed it on hackers instead.

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Comment #44 by Crims0nPenguin
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 10:12:26 PM
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It was done because EA has shit security, and when you think about it, a company like EA(especially with their DDS's like Origin) should have more secure infrastructures.

These hacks were actually done by kids who youtube'd EA's encryption algorithm which was easily cracked.

I fault EA for their poor efforts in protecting consumers, just as I had faulted SONY for their poor efforts in protecting their consumers privacy with the PSN breach.

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Comment #45 by A Silent Circus
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 10:32:27 PM
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Who hacks a game that's almost 2 years old?

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