This story makes me realize that, from time to time, I really hate this planet. It seems that fans of “Minecraft,” the open-world, retro-styled sensation, have hijacked the official “Minecraft” site with a large denial of service attack. The site is currently accessible, but current users won’t be able to log on and new users won’t be able to purchase new versions of the game. What was the reason for the hijacking? Apparently the hackers want more updates to “Minecraft.” The mind boggles.
A post was made on 4chan, supposedly from the party responsible. The post stays the denial of service attack is “a clear message of how the future of minecraft [sic] will turn out unless he gets to work, namely by influencing the amount of sales taking place, due to the attacks.” In other words, “Put all the money in the bag and no one gets hurt.”
We all know how much the anonymous internet masses hate big publishers like EA and Activision, but in this remarkable situation, hackers are targeting a tiny indie developer whose current staff total is six. Sure, he’s been successful and sold a lot of “Minecraft,” but to think that players can use threats and intimidation to get an update out is just plain terrible. The fact of the matter is that the hackers know they can pick on an indie developer with no major publisher to back them. It’s digital bullying, basically.
It’s also surprising that this is happening with a game like “Minecraft,” where you spend your days quietly cutting down trees, digging holes and smelting ore. We all know the reputation of the cliched “Call of Duty” player, but I never would’ve guessed that there would be anyone that obnoxious in the world of “Minecraft.” Sadly I was wrong.