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Top Black Ops 2 Player Forced To Reset His Stats After DDOS Attacks

Top ranked player back to the lowest level, after endless attacks prevented him from playing online.

Being very good at something can have its negatives, it appears, as top ranked Black Ops 2 player Retrominano has been forced to reset his rank back down to level 1 after repeated DDOS (distributed denial of service) attacks prevented him from even getting online.

According to reports, Retrominano could only get online for ten minutes or so each day “because some guy in the US” was DDOSing him. Reddit comments suggested he’d reset his IP address a few times, but to no long-lasting avail.

And even when he could get online for a few minutes, he was apparently harassed by others. It appears that ultimately his rank wasn’t worth the abuse and effort, and a reset back to (essentially) zero was the only way he could move on. From what we can gather, the DDOS attempts appear to have stopped now.

Some may consider that this comes with the territory of being such a high profile gamer on one of the biggest games out there just now, but hopefully this is something the likes of Treyarch and Activision can help to combat going forward – being locked out of a game you’ve bought can’t be nice.

19 Comments
  1. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    Wow.

    I’m sure we’ve all gotten annoyed at something online before, but to do that in response?

    What a child.

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:20.
  2. Taylor Made
    Member
    Since: Oct 2011

    Only on Xbox this happens smh

    What’s DDOS?

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:21.
    • HoboCastro
      Member
      Since: Mar 2010

      Distributed Denial Of Service. It’s what Anonymous use for attacks.

      Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:26.
    • goodgoa
      Member
      Since: Apr 2010

      It happens on PS3 as well, especially in competitive call of duty where people are so desperate to win they resort to that.

      Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:38.
  3. Youles
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    Seriously, the guy DDOSing him needs to get a life, how pathetic. And Retrominano should defo get out more.

    If there is something Treyarch or Activision can do, with their resources, they have a (Call of) duty to do so, to try and protect their top customers.

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:21.
    • Sympozium
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      …So if your top of a game or pro at that, gamers should go out for??

      Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:45.
      • Youles
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        Each to their own, there are just a lot of people who play CoD, and for many hours a day, so if he’s top I should imagine he plays for quite a few hours a day. I love playing games, but there are other things to do too, he could be missing out!

        Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 13:16.
  4. Paranoimia
    Member
    Since: Aug 2008

    I’m usually quite proud to say I’m a gamer, but when I read about others doing pathetic things like this, it almost makes me ashamed to be associated with such people in any way.

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:21.
  5. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Whilst i don’t care about him losing all of his stats, it is a pathetic thing for someone to DDOS him just because he is better. If you can’t handle losing, then don’t play online as you will lose at somepoint. Wonder if MS will block the person who did the DDOS attack as they should be able to track their account or get Acti to look at their servers in an attempt to find the person who did this.

    Seriously, who DDOS’s someone just because they are better then them? Who does that! I would hate to bump into that person on Dark Souls as i suspect 90% of the userbase would get a DDOS attack. :O

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:28.
  6. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    Am I right in thinking this is only possible because CoD is based off peer to peer connections rather than dedicated servers?

    Or am I completely in the wrong? Never thought of the issue of others obtaining your IP and being immature twelve year olds.

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:29.
    • Youles
      Member
      Since: Feb 2011

      Yeah, it’s a worry that it could be done more often, assuming it’s not too hard to do – I wouldn’t have a clue though.

      Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:31.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        I think it is a lot easier to DDOS someone on a peer to peer connection then on a server due to there being little to no security so it is surprising that this is not a common thing. I suspect it may be hard for MS to ban the person as they can easily disguise their IP.

        Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:36.
      • HoboCastro
        Member
        Since: Mar 2010

        It’s easy on peer 2 peer because the IP of the target is connected direct but even with dedicated servers it is possible to find the target IP. This is how the internet works, no way around it that wouldn’t make gaming difficult.

        Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:44.
  7. Dazbobaby
    Member
    Since: Aug 2010

    Sounds more like Activision reset him for cheating and he’s blaming someone else.

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:37.
    • Sympozium
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      Why do you say this?

      Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:46.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Evidence of something else?

      Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 15:38.
    • colmshan1990
      Member
      Since: Apr 2009

      That’s very cynical…

      I thought people got bans rather than resets for cheating though?

      To be honest, it’d be a bit stupid for him to say this as his story if Activision did punish him for cheating- that would get out very quickly if it did happen.

      Activision themselves would probably say it- they don’t want their game to be associated with internet security risks if that’s not the cause of what happened here.

      Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 16:03.
  8. yiddo
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    Why am I reading comments saying he got DDOS attacks because he was a better player then other people? He was merely the highest ranked player in the world, meaning that he played the game a HELL OF A LOT more than anyone else.

    Not taking anything away from the guy (though that would be irrelevant now) but it just meant that he sunk more time into it then anybody else. Still though, it is awful he has had to reset due to some dick online. Find the culprits and make them squeal Acti, though I know you won’t.

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 17:03.
  9. RudeAwakening
    Member
    Since: Jan 2011

    Only on Cod. There are some sad people out there.

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 19:58.

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