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Why were PC game servers taken offline, another cyberattack?

Dark Souls III was launched in 2016 and it is an action role-playing game. The game was developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It is currently available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. However, the first Dark Souls video game was launched in 2011 and it found success with gamers all over the world. Unfortunately, the game servers have been down due to a remote code execution bug.

On January 23, 2022, Dark Souls announced that the PvP servers for three titles in the game series: Dark Souls, Dark Souls 2, Dark Souls 3, have been temporarily taken down. This was done so the team could investigate recent reports. The tweet also adds that Dark Souls: PtDE servers will join other servers during downtime. In a follow-up tweet, Dark Souls also clarified that Downtime is only effective for the Windows version of the game and does not affect PvP servers for Xbox and PlayStation consoles.

Dark Souls server status – is the game back online?

According to several reports, the Windows version of Dark Souls has a remote code execution bug. This bug can allow hackers to gain full access to a computer system. Kaspersky researchers also explain how the bug can “allow an attacker to run almost any program on the victim’s computer, so that they can steal confidential data or run any program of their own. choice”. In other words, the RCE bug in the Windows version of Dark Souls can install malware, access private information, or access machine resources for cryptocurrency mining. As of 7:45 PM IST on January 25, 2022, the game is not back online nor is there a developer update.

The issue with Dark Souls III was pointed out by SkeleMann, who is a fan of the game. As he warned, “on PC there is a very serious new exploit plaguing Dark Souls 3 that may cause damage durable to your computer”. On top of that, SkeleMann said “it could freeze your PC, allow your hosting information to be shared, or run programs in the background, like a Trojan.” The bug was also demonstrated on a player’s stream called The_Grim_Sleeper, in which an unknown party launched a PowerShell script on the streamer’s gaming computer. In a way, this is a cyberattack targeting users who love to play the game. Stay tuned for more gaming news.

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