Blizzard announced the arrest and detention of a suspect in DDoS attacks against the company's servers. Both Overwatch and World of Warcraft Classic players were affected by the problems.
World of Warcraft Classic was released at the end of August to a large number of players, which unfortunately led to huge queues. However, this was not enough for all, as DDoS attacks on Blizzard servers almost two weeks later proved. Today, the company announced that the person responsible for these problems had been arrested. Her identity has not yet been disclosed.
The problem began on Saturday, September 7. There were numerous reports of problems in World of Warcraft and Overwatch. The first title saw players connect to the server and the game was restarted without explanation. People playing in Competitive mode of Blizzard's team-based shooter were kicked out of matches and forced into the rejoin screen. Soon, a post from the publisher reported that a DDoS attack was causing these problems. It seemed like everything was back to normal after a while. The next day, players were subject to another wave of attacks. This attack even affected the Overwatch League (via a comment by Wolf "Proxywolf") Schroder on Twitter), and caused new problems when trying to join WoW or Overwatch games. The situation stabilized on most servers only after a few hours.
Blizzard isn’t the only company that has problems with DDoS. Ubisoft was forced to confront them recently after the launch of Operation Ember Rise in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. The French publisher stated that it will bring legal consequences against the perpetrators. This would not be a precedent. Eight years ago, Blizzard convicted a Romanian player of an attack on World of Warcraft servers. Therefore, we can assume that the person arrested in connection to the recent problems cannot count on the company’s forbearance.