A HACKER who launched a denial of service attack on MMPORG Wurm has a €10,000 bounty on their head.
An update to the game launched earlier this week and was immediately taken on by someone who apparently had a problem with it.
Wurm's developers revealed the attack in a blog post, saying that the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack caused its hosting provider to take it offline. It said that it is considering a new hosting provider, but for now is not in a position to tell anyone when the game might return. However, it did have time to launch a bounty on the head of the Wurm disruptor.
"Shortly after todays update we were the target of a DDoS attack and our hosting provider had to pull us off the grid for now. We will be back as soon as possible but things are out of our hands since their other customers are affected," in said on its blog.
"As we wrote in a previous news post we are planning on changing hosting anyways which should improve things for the future. We can offer 10,000 Euro for any tips or evidence leading to a conviction of the person responsible for this attack."
Since then the game's developers returned to its blog to discuss their issues with the game, the hacker and the hosting provider.
"Most probably our hosting company will not put us back online until earliest noon tomorrow Swedish time when we have had possibility to discuss what to do," it said. "They just got back to me and the attack persists so there is nothing we can do but wait and investigate our options at this stage. We will compensate for lost premium time."
More information followed, but the developers are still unsure of when they can relaunch the game. While a new hosting setup is being prepared, they said it "will take a while to set up".
"The game will not be back online within the next [eight] hours but we'll do our best to keep going," added the developers. "We'll know more at around 20.00 hrs CET today." µ