During Game 1 of the Korhal War Pigs (KWP) vs Aiur Storms (AS) series on March 12th, the KWP player Mets dropped from the game and was unable to repair his internet connection for the duration of the series. This culminated in the KWP being unable to field four players in Game 5 of the series and a win for the AS. Following the series, the KWP claimed that Mets had been maliciously prevented from participating in the series by an external attack on his network.
Evidence of Malicious Attack
The initial evidence provided by Mets was a picture of his router logs spanning the duration he lost his internet connection. Since the only league managers capable of voting, stealth and Meepomart, were unknowledgable regarding networking issues, Krazymen, Marker, and Vapour assisted in uncovering evidence of a DoS or network attack. They concluded that port 4444 activity is almost exclusively associated with cyber security and hacking software and would not have been used by any software Mets had running during the series. Additionally, the source IP of the packets Mets received through port 4444 was identified as either an NGINX web server or a VPN, both of which may be used to mask an IP. Based on the timing of the payload and its source IP and port number, the likelihood that Mets’ network was externally attacked is very high. The possibility that Mets was infected by malware was ruled out by a virus scan.
This ruling takes precedence over the prior ruling.
The original KWP vs AS series score will not be changed. However, to compensate Mets being removed from the series, it will continue as a best of seven with the KWP having home field advantage in Game 6 on March 19th at 6 pm EST. The teams’ attendance-locked players - DustDevil, Carlito, and Shadowman - will not be allotted any additional games for the series. To restate, the KWP will play a best of seven against the AS with the AS leading 3 - 2. The KWP will play home first, and DustDevil and Carlito may not participate in the series on March 19th.
- If a player loses their ability to participate in a league game/series exclusively due to a malicious attack on their network and/or computer, a team’s owner may request a league official to halt the game/series. League management is then required to assess the legitimacy of their claim; if sufficient evidence is found, the game/series will be continued at a date set by management. Should sufficient evidence fail to surface within a reasonable time, the team that requested a halt forfeits the remaining games in the series.
TL;DR The Korhal War Pigs vs Aiur Storms series will continue as a best of seven, with DustDevil and Carlito ineligible for play. The War Pigs will have home for Game 6, and the Storms will have home for Game 7. Evidence that strongly suggests Mets received a malicious payload is presented. An amendment to the rulebook is provided to address future occurrences of DoS and/or malicious payloads. Players are strongly encouraged to protect their networks while competing in league games.