Dota 2 league hacked to fix results

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In some bizarre eSports news, players in the G-1 Dota 2 league have suffered DDOS attacks supposedly as a result of hacking by some one trying to fix the results in order to win $20, 000.

As reported the attacks started on 14 April during a match between eSports superstars Evil Geniuses and Absolute Legends, players from Evil Geniuses disconnected from the game, unable to reconnect. The match was postponed, but eventually the win was given to Absolute Legends after a long pause. Absolute Legends had the advantage at the time of the attack.

This was the first out of a series of attacks, going on through the next day. Team Dignitas and QPAD Red Pandas suffered the worst of the attacks. After a short lived game, two Dignitas players disconnected followed by an attack on streamer Ayesee, who was shoutcasting the match. Admins had no choice but to postpone the game.

Later, an alleged admission of guilt, was posted on 4Chan by an anonymous user saying:

DDOS guy here

I am not doing this for league, but I have a 20k bet on QPandas right now.

The identity of those responsible has not yet been confirmed and whether the admission has anything to it is nothing definitive to go on either. It’s been speculated that the vulnerability to these attacks could stem from Skype, where the attackers could find the players’ IP addresses and then plague them with spam bots.

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I’ve never really heard of anything quite like this, but, lesson of the day kids! Don’t indulge in betting on eSports. In fact I think it should be banned, because the risk of things like this becoming the norm is clearly big. This doesn’t help eSports in the least bit, especially when the attacks are on tournaments with ridiculous amounts of money attached to it.

Last Updated: April 16, 2013

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    Wow, clever and dastardly both at the same time. I don’t approve, whatsoever, but that’s one way to ensure you win some moolah.

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Dastardly? Someone’s been reading N24 😛

      • AndriyP

        For realz

      • Deon Steyn

        BANG up job spotting “dastardly”

    • Scruff304

      It crazy hey. Such an old way to attack a machine and yet it is clearly still is use…

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    This is not on. eSports is trying to get off the ground and this isn’t going to help. Wonder if people realise just how much damage they do when they do this?

    • Scruff304

      Honest truth is, they don’t care what damage they do to people if they have a 20k bet running on it… It is called getting a real job!!!!

  • Johan du Preez


  • Rincethis: Spellalicious

    This sickens me, all it does is make us look like idiots. Hope they catch this prick.

  • caponeil

    that is some funny sh1t right there! I don’t condone it but the man has some skillz! Actually this is a good sign as we now see E-sport going mainstream. Soon we will have a Paki betting circle with gamers being visited in their rooms with the primose of Moolah and girls!

  • O_O

  • matthurstrsa

    $20 000 on an eSports match? Yup, it’s now mainstream. That’s a lot of cash.

  • are you sure its 20 000$ or is it 20 keys?
    keys are the standard dota currency, so ya

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