So, if you were on for most of the day yesterday (10/21/2010), you would have known this. But we want to make it clear, Minecraft is still going strong after yesterday. Many people ravaged on this event. Many gaming blogs took to their editors and wrote a quickie saying that the internet-gaming-sension that was Minecraft was crippled and down. Apparently, the server went down on October 20, 2010 with this post:
minecraft.net is down because of what I believe is an attack.
I’m not sure exactly what’s going on, but minecraft.net appears to be suffering some kind of attack, and is down at the moment. I’m working on fixing it.
Soon, many people freaked. Minecraft fans across the world were furious. The official Minecraft forum was a frenzy of spam thanks to Minecraft's demise. People couldn't get their Minecraft multiplayer because the site was down. And people couldn't access Minecraft's website. So, as you can see, it wasofficiallyone big mess of destruction everywhere.
Minutes later, Notch posted on his blog with a new post saying:
On second thought, perhaps it’s not an attack
Now the guys hosting minecraft.net is down for me as well.. Perhaps there’s some kind of error in the interwebs.
I’m looking into alternatives, and I’m getting loads of help from citricsquid, aera and WedTM.
Now; more coffee.
People wererelieved. Very relieved. Everyone juts wanted to know what really happened that moment. Moments later Notch updated his blog saying with this post:
No, it was an attack
SYN flood, apparently. I’ve learned a lot today.
One of the lessons is “hire a linux guru”.
But only one question lingered on everyone's mind. Who attacked minecraft.net? Some people say it was 4chan, while others say it was a group of unhappy players. Whatever they did, it worked, obviously. Theyindicatedthat they were sending a message to Notch because he barely updated Minecraft anymore.
Here is the message pulled from thenotoriousboards of 4chan:
Minecraft is currently experiencing a stimulation provided by us.
It’s purpose is to send Notch a clear message of how the future of minecraft will turn out unless he gets to work, namely by influencing the amount of sales taking place, due to the attacks.
Start providing your customers with the updates that you promise them.
We have roughly 83,000 bots available, and preserved for this seizure, we could if we wanted to keep this going for weeks, however we have decided to give it a week, and see whether or not your attitude, and commitment will change, we believe it will when money stops rolling in for the time being…
anyhow, no we’re not from roblox, or any other minecraft clone, not to mention none of us have been around 4chan for years, and nor has any real 4channers for that matter, its all newfags now, and has been for quite a few years.
As you can see, they sound really serious. Then, the night came to be and October 21, 2010 rolled around. When Notch woke up, he found out he was still being attacked. He updated his blog with the following update:
The DDoS attack continues, I’ll just get back to coding, then.
DDoS stands for “Distributed Denial of Service”. Denial of Service means you occupy certain resources for a long period of time, making other people not able to use them. A real world example would be running up to the cashier at a super market and paying in small coins, counting every single one really slowly, then finding out at the end you didn’t have enough in the first place.
The “Distributed” means it’s done from a lot of places at the same time, so it’s much harder to simply deny access to the clients that do that. Usually this is done via computers infected with trojans, so people participate in this without even knowing they’re doing it.
As to why minecraft.net is being targeted, I’m not sure.
While the guys hosting my server are looking into things, I’ll get back to coding.
Minecraft was down and out for the count. But in the end, Notch explained through his Twitter the ending fiasco. At first, Notch thought it was his host (singlehop.com) having problems. But it was really an SYN flood by a little group of people. No, not 4chan or any other forum but mundane people who couldn't help but bother Notch by brewing up a storm.
Notch proudly updated his blog saying:
The final papers have been signed!
Woo! We had a meeting today where we signed the final papers for the new company! All the details are worked out, everyone is on board, and things are looking good! Woo!
Employment contracts have been drafted and prepared for everyone. :D
We’ll hopefully get the office signed next week, but until we can move in there (early next year), we’ve got a temporary place we can stay.
Oh yeah, we’re working on setting up a straight credit card purchasing option for people who rather not use paypal, and I think we’re pretty close to having that deal finalized with our bank. I should be able to start implementing that soon after the Halloween update.
I’ve also signed up for a DDoS protection service, and took the chance to upgrade the server hardware to a much more powerful beast. I haven’t migrated things over to that server yet, but that’s coming soon.
Coding wise, I’m officially behind schedule now, but I fully intend to deliver. My schedule is clearing up nicely, and I’m learning to say “no” to people who want to talk to me. I just blame it on having an important update to do.
So, with everything in order, Notch got a DDoS protection service, upgraded his server, and put on his agenda to migrate things over. The big lesson here is, Notch is a one-man-team trying to create a game for you. Why go anddisappointhim? The only win here is Notch updating his server and getting some protection. Anyway, all we have left to do is wait! Oh, it's killing each of us a bit inside, we bet. In the end, we all learned something... we can't wait for Halloween's update. Wait... no that's not right. We're sure there's a moral of this story in here somewhere.