Square Enix has revealed Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is currently under a DDoS attack, which has resulted in log-in difficulties for players over the past few days.
“Currently we are experiencing DDoS attacks from an anonymous third-party targeting the Final Fantasy XIV game servers on the NA/EU data center,” Square Enix shared on the Final Fantasy XIV website. “Due to this attack, our game servers, network equipment and network connection are being hit with heavy load at an extensive level, which is causing a disconnection from the game and login difficulties.”
Square Enix claims both personal customer information and character data are in no danger of being exposed, which is true considering a DDoS attack wasn’t engineered to be used as a hacking tool. Instead, it just floods servers with requests to a point where they often become overwhelmed.
“Our technical staff is taking every possible measure to address this issue but the attack is still continuing to take place by changing their methods at every moment,” Square Enix adds. “We will continue to monitor and work on recovery from every possible angle.”
Just last week, Blizzard said World of Warcraft’s North American servers suffered a DDoS attack just days after its latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor, was released. Final Fantasy XIV’s first expansion was announced back in October and won’t release until spring 2015, which makes it difficult to even attempt to understand why this particular attack is happening.