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Battlefield 3 hit by server outages, seemingly caused by DDOS attack

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How do you prevent a war? Organised protest? Stay in bed for a few days? Stage a fake alien invasion? Well, in the case of Battlefield 3, you can (temporarily) prevent its never-ending online kerfuffle with a brutal DDOS kick square in the servers. PC and console servers for both the game itself and Battlelog suffered outages earlier today, apparently due to an external attack. While the Battlefield 3 site (opens in new tab) is suggesting everything's gone back to normal, the official twitter account (opens in new tab) hasn't yet given the all clear. Lunchtime BF3 players: is everything now working as it should?

According to a tweet (opens in new tab) posted on that Battlefield twitter account several hours ago, "The current BF3 and Battelog outages are a result of activity that appears to be aimed at overwhelming our game servers." They're currently advising players (opens in new tab) to "Stay tuned to the official channels for announcements and updates regarding a solution", which seems like eminently sensible advice.

Ta, CVG (opens in new tab) .

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.