Blizzard services are facing a second day of technical issues due to ongoing Denial of Service attacks. Yesterday, World of Warcraft Classic services became severely loaded due to a targeted DDoS attack, leading to increased latency and disconnects. Blizzard ultimately took its World of Warcraft Classic servers down and restarted them once the DDoS attacks were resolved. However, yesterday's DDoS attack has resurfaced as of Sunday morning, but this time the DDoS is affecting Blizzard services across the board.
Near 11:00 am PT, Blizzard customer support issued a statement regarding new DDoS issues for World of Warcraft Classic. "Our teams are currently investigating issues impacting realm stability," read that first message. Less than an hour later, Blizzard warned players that the issue was escalating. They warned that network providers were being targeted by a DDoS that was affecting latency and connections to all Blizzard games.
The September 7 DDoS attacks were specifically targeting World of Warcraft Classic realms, according to comments from community manager Kaivax. Today's attacks are targeting service providers. The results are different, with Blizzard able to do less and more services affected. Some players may be having no problems whatsoever while others may find their Blizzard games unplayable.
Blizzard has confirmed that it's aware of the situation and closely monitoring it. The most recent update was put out around 2:00 pm PT, stating that "some services" remain impacted by the ongoing DDoS attacks. Players using these services, which can include Battle.net itself, can experience high latency and disconnects. If yesterday can be used as an example, the DDoS attacks ended and services were restored around 6-7:00 pm PT.
[#Bnet] Some services continue to be impacted by a series of DDoS attacks which are resulting in high latency and disconnections. We continue to closely monitor the situation and would like to thank you again for your continued patience.— Blizzard CS - The Americas (@BlizzardCS) September 8, 2019
It's a particularly unfortunate situation that both Blizzard and Blizzard's fans are having to deal with these DDoS attacks with the launch of World of Warcraft Classic. It's taken years for Blizzard to manage building World of Warcraft Classic and by all accounts players love it. Week one struggled with overpopulation and queue issues. Now that those are supposedly smoothed out, in come the DDoS attacks. It's an unfortunate situation all the way around.
Update: Blizzard has posted an update at 6:00 pm PT confirming that its services remain affected by an ongoing DDOS attack against network providers, causing latency issues and disconnects.
World of Warcraft Classic is available now on PC.