March 26, 2021

Top Apex Legends players banned for using DDoS attack to win ranked game

Uh oh, it looks like some ranked Apex Legends players are being naughty again, as Respawn has banned two Apex Predators on Xbox who were caught DDoS-ing a server to win a game. Like a real-life drone EMP.

Yesterday, two videos appeared on Reddit showing a game in which a top-ranked Apex Legends player was knocked down, only for the server to then mysteriously crash. How convenient. When the legitimate players reconnected to the server, they found themselves knocked down - and could see the suspicious duo standing over them. The offending fourth and sixth-ranked players were then accused of carrying out a DDoS attack once they started losing in order to get an easy win. (A "distributed denial of service" attack basically overwhelms a server with requests, thus preventing legitimate users from accessing the service.) Given their high placement in Ranked mode, it seems likely the pair had DDoS-ed their way to the top of the leaderboard.

In any case, it seems Respawn agreed with this assessment, as security analyst Conor "Hideouts" Ford confirmed the pair have been banned.

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