Yesterday, someone used the back-end services of Traquility, the database of the EVE Online, Dust 514, and a host of web servers, to initiate a distributed denial-of-service attack. Jón Hörðdal Jónasson, COO at CCP the developer of EVE and Dust 514, described the incident in a statement released to the public.
After becoming aware that an intrusion into their systems had occurred, CCP immediately shut down the game servers, taking the space-faring MMO universe offline for several hours. After reopening the servers, additional problems were discovered and Tranquility was taken down once more to reevaluate its integrity and that of its various parts. After a day of exhaustive testing, CCP determined that the hacker’s entry point has been secured and the galaxy-spanning MMO was restored to full functionality.
The developer stressed that “at no time was customer data compromised or accessible in any way” and that, “We will be looking at ways to compensate players in both EVE and DUST for the outage and expect to announce what that compensation will be very soon.”
Jónasson concluded his statement with a hearty thank you to fans and players, “We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our players on EVE Online and DUST 514 for their patience and understanding during this unexpected downtime and the investigation. We are grateful for your support, as always.”
You can read Jónasson’s full statement here.