The owner of role-playing game website that was knocked offline by denial-of-service attacks has put a reward of more than $13000 for anyone who provides information about the responsible people.
The bounty was promised on Tuesday by massively multiplayer online role-playing game provider Wurm Online, after the company’s servers were knocked offline by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.
DDoS is a technique that uses large numbers of infected computers to flood a target with more data than it can handle. Wurm remained offline Wednesday as it switched to a new Web hosting provider.
The engineers at Wurm Online were already planning to make a switch but had to hurry once the old host pulled the plug. A Wurm representative wrote in Tuesday’s post:
Shortly after today’s update we were the target of a DDoS attack and our hosting provider had to pull us off the grid for now. We will be back as soon as possible but things are out of our hands since their other customers are affected.
As we wrote in a previous news post we are planning on changing hosting anyways which should improve things for the future. We can offer 10,000 Euro for any tips or evidence leading to a conviction of the person responsible for this attack.
Until now, most victims of DDoS attacks have sought the protection of CloudFlare, Prolexic, or one of the many other competing services. Wurm’s promise of $13,000 is extremely unusual but that could prove to be a great way for catching the one’s responsible. It will be interesting to see if it gets results.