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Hacking Group 'OurMine' Claims Credit For Attack On Pokemon Go Servers (independent.co.uk) 48

An anonymous reader writes: A group of hackers known as OurMine have attacked Pokemon Go's login servers, making it all but impossible for players to get online. The group says they hacked the game in an effort for the game to be more stable. They want to show the developers behind Pokemon Go that the app can and should be made more secure. Prior to the hack, the servers have been shaky as interest in the game has spiked. But over the weekend, users faced the most extreme connectivity issues yet. "No one will be able to play this game till Pokemon Go contact us on our website to teach them how to protect it!" the group wrote on its website. A different hacking group, which claimed to be part of OurMine, said that the latest attack had been launched after the huge outage caused by a group called Poodlecorp, on Saturday. "The group makes money from charging for vulnerability assessment, where hackers attempt to break into corporate networks to check how safe they are," reports The Independent. A representative said via Twitter that the group wasn't requesting money from those behind Pokemon Go, and that OurMine "just don't want other hackers [to] attack their servers." It should come as no surprise to see that the servers have been having trouble keeping up with demand as Pokemon Go has become the biggest mobile game in U.S. history after launching just about two weeks ago.
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Hacking Group 'OurMine' Claims Credit For Attack On Pokemon Go Servers

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  • Arrogance (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Calydor ( 739835 ) on Monday July 18, 2016 @06:21PM (#52537325)

    The script kiddies know how to bring things down in, perhaps, ten of a hundred different ways. The remaining ninety are known by the actual experts with jobs.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    So you found out how to rent a botnet, that'll teach 'em... Now give Mommy her Creditcard back!

  • Fancy words (Score:5, Insightful)

    by PraiseBob ( 1923958 ) on Monday July 18, 2016 @06:23PM (#52537341)
    The group makes money from charging for vulnerability assessment,

    You say potato, I say extortion... This is simply a new generation of organized crime demanding "protection money", to keep a business safe.
  • No issues here. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 18, 2016 @06:25PM (#52537361)

    I played all weekend and didn't have any problems.

    Also, since when is DDoSing considered "hacking" ?

    Oh, right, never.

    • I played all weekend and didn't have any problems.

      And yet the problems were so bad that some sites started generating full on outage maps showing which parts of the world are suffering the worst based on which servers are being attacked. But since you didn't have a problem it's a non-issue right?

      Also, since when is DDoSing considered "hacking" ?

      Oh, right, never.

      That depends on the attack. If it's a bunch of machines running ping, I'll agree with you. But more recently larger DDoS can be quite sophisticated relying on amplification or reflection attacks using bugs or unintended consequences of design in certain protocols.

      • by Khyber ( 864651 )

        Real hacking is defined as the modification of a system in a non-obvious manner which makes it more useful or improves its function. Coined by TMRC at MIT back in the 50s, none of you fuckers have the right to assign it any other definition.

        • So the use of a DNS reflection attack doesn't qualify? Well fuck!

          • by Khyber ( 864651 )

            "modification of a system in a non-obvious manner which makes it more useful or improves its function"

            A DNS reflection attack does none of those, so no.

            A real hack would be using an attack as a form of defense against attacks, without impairing the function of the network in general.

            Anything else is simply called being a fucking asshole.

      • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

        That depends on the attack. If it's a bunch of machines running ping, I'll agree with you. But more recently larger DDoS can be quite sophisticated relying on amplification or reflection attacks using bugs or unintended consequences of design in certain protocols. But if it doesn't fit your world view we should all adjust our language accordingly right?

        Yeah, but a modern DDoS is almost never using neat tricks or vulnerabilities in protocols. In fact, pingflooding is almost never done because it's too simpl

  • by Fire_Wraith ( 1460385 ) on Monday July 18, 2016 @06:26PM (#52537365)
    Considering that a light breeze is all that it seems to take to bring down the Pokemon Go servers, they'd better provide some proof it was actually their doing, I'd say.
  • Toldja! (Score:3, Funny)

    by Tablizer ( 95088 ) on Monday July 18, 2016 @06:36PM (#52537443) Journal

    ...Team Rocket is real

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Clearly they weren't successful.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    So, I wasn't sure if the outages were because Niantic/Google wasn't able to scale out because of demand, that didn't sound right. Sure enough, it's some assholes who think they are doing someone a favour. Fuck them.

    I'm sure I'm not the only one who is annoyed at this and being unable to play - yeah I know it's just a game, but it's fun, exercise, and good times.

  • by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Monday July 18, 2016 @07:05PM (#52537631) Homepage
    that which can be more effectively explained by stupidity. Skiddies will always claim victory for instability. Niantic likely supports GO authentication servers in shared hosting/colocation outsourced datacenters. Its far more likely Niantic is either under-resourcing their Pokemon infrastructure to control costs for a largely free game, or that their infrastructure scales poorly with the particular code used to run pokemon GO. its also possibly that hasty configurations like NAT instead of DSR or a lack of IPv6 infrastructure could be bottle-necking large amounts of authentication traffic, or if it truly is a DDoS then Niantic is just choosing to ignore it rather than escalate to things like prolexic or hiring more network staff to address the problem.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Niantic is ex-Google company and they primarily use GCE. I do not know if they have some own servers as well, but I would assume bulk of the things are done in GCE.

      Of course, by using cloud they limit they limit their architecture options. Like DSR is essentially impossible in public cloud environments.

      Though, I don't think there is an issue on frontend servers and rather they likely are hitting issues on thier database layer. Probably best way to handle it would have been by architehturing the system so th

  • Analogy (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Hacking is to a scripted DDOS attack as picking a lock is to putting superglue in the lock.

    The former demonstrates skill of the attacker and the weakness of the defenses. The other demonstrates the attacker's ability to be an annoying asshole.

  • The end is near... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by dbreeze ( 228599 )

    I finally looked up a youtube vid to find out what all the fuss was about and I must say, the human race is definitely getting dumber. I was amazed that so many would waste so much time with Farmville and Dirty Birds, but idiots have DIED over this stupid shit...?!?! Whole world is going to hell in a handbasket and the bottom 50% of the gene pool would rather chase a pikachu than educate themselves on what can be done to head off global tyranny/the apocalypse/etc.

    Humans don't just deserve great tribulation

    • The average person can do jack shit to head off global tyranny (whatever that is) or the apocalypse. What they can do is play a game that gets them out walking around rather than sitting in front of a PC or a TV screen, or just sitting. It's a new concept and some people have neglected common sense. But how many people keel over dead from heart attacks while sitting and watching TV shows every year. If they were out walking around regularly they might have avoided it.

      Get off your high horse. And you do
  • I thought Poodlecorp claimed they did it, so who really did it? ðY

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