Ubisoft taking action against Rainbow Six Siege DDoS attackers

After over a week of DDoS and DoS attacks on Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft has had enough and is taking action.


The launch of an all-new wave of DLC should have been a positive moment for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. New content always opens the door for potential new players and new growth. Unfortunately, Ubisoft has watched as an especially toxic corner of what some consider to be an already-toxic community took their negativity to another level. The game's servers have been at the receiving end of an increasing number of DDoS and DoS attacks since the release of Operation Ember Rise and on Wednesday, the publisher emphatically declared that enough was enough and outlined plans to do something about them.

To start, Ubisoft is claiming that they have identified the worst of the culprits and plans to initiate ban waves on these offenders across both PC and console. In the meantime, Ubisoft will look to minimize the effects of attacks currently in place by having servers host only one match at a time, as opposed to the normal three. But the most eye-opening aspect of Ubisoft's plan involves taking legal action, directly issuing cease and desist orders to DDoS/DoS attackers and their websites. Furthermore, Ubisoft has also stated that they are working with the team at Microsoft Azure to help put together more permanent solutions.

Continued DDoS/DoS attacks have proven to be a massive pain for both Ubisoft and the Rainbow Six Siege player base. The player impact has been noticeable. Many players who attempted to quit matches or reboot their systems after getting caught up in a server caught in a DDoS/DoS attack were unfairly wrangled by the Ubisoft anti-rage quit system. A number of players were banned or suffered other penalties for simply trying to escape a situation not of their own making. Ubisoft is momentarily disabling the escalating abandon sanction penalty until the DDoS/DoS situation is resolved.

The Rainbow Six Siege website has more information on how Ubisoft is handling the ongoing situation. As for those looking to get into Rainbow Six Siege, assuming you can get into a game, be sure to check out our hands-on preview for Operation Ember Rise first.

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    September 18, 2019 4:35 PM

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      September 18, 2019 8:07 PM

      Why are they even ddosing rainbow six? I thought it was a good game?

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        September 20, 2019 7:57 AM

        I haven't followed this story at all but I thought the R6:S community was generally neutral; some really good members and a few toxic. I never got the feeling that the community is/was toxic. But I could be seeing things through rose colored glasses since I like the game.

        I'm a little more surprised that Ubi didn't have better DDoS mitigation strategies in place. Azure has some tools and services to deal with both volumetric and application-layer attacks.

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