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Anonymous Sudan claims DDoS attack on EU League of Legends servers

A popular video game server may have been taken offline by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

user icon David Hollingworth
Mon, 13 Nov 2023
Anonymous Sudan hits EU League of Legends servers with a DDoS attack
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Hacktivist collective Anonymous Sudan is having a busy 24 hours.

It began with some light talking up of its capacity to cause mischief with its current partner in crime, Skynet, before targeting the gay dating app Grindr.

And now the group is claiming to have taken down the servers of the popular video game League of Legends.

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League of Legends EUW server strongly down,” the group boasted on its Telegram channel this afternoon (13 November) Australian time. EUW is the regional server covering Western Europe.

Anonymous Sudan then posted several screenshots showing login issues within the game itself.

At the same time, League of Legends’ EUW server status page does show players are having issues logging into the game.

“We’re aware of a problem causing login attempts to fail and are working on a fix,” a 13 November status report read. The issue is happening on Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS platforms.

The status report rates the problem as “critical”.

Anonymous Sudan has gone on a DDoS tear recently. Along with Skynet, the group claimed to have taken down security Cloudflare’s website days after Cloudflare suffered an outage that affected its analytics services. At the same time, Anonymous Sudan also knocked ChatGPT offline, rendering OpenAI’s web-based chatbot unreachable.

At the time of the Cloudflare takedown, Cyber Daily noted that it could be Anonymous Sudan taking advantage of a legitimate outage, but there’s no denying the group certainly seems to have the capacity, with Skynet’s assistance, to seriously disrupt the online services of its alleged victims.

While Cloudflare has stayed quiet about the cause of its site going down, OpenAI has admitted that it fell victim to a DDoS attack.

Cyber Daily has reached out to Riot Games, League of Legends’ developer, for comment.


Update, 13/11/23, 9.27pm: Riot Games is now reporting the incident as "closed".

David Hollingworth

David Hollingworth

David Hollingworth has been writing about technology for over 20 years, and has worked for a range of print and online titles in his career. He is enjoying getting to grips with cyber security, especially when it lets him talk about Lego.

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