Battlefield Hardline on Xbox One hit by DDoS on launch day
Battlefield Hardline, the police-show twist on Electronic Arts' military series, has had a mostly smooth launch with its multiplayer so far, but Xbox One players did suffer connectivity problems on day one.
A distributed denial-of-service attack is, more or less, internet vandalism. Some malefactor floods the target's servers with more traffic than it can handle, crashing them or at least slowing them down or keeping others out.
Attacks against high-profile video games and consoles are common — Shuhei Yoshida, PlayStation's director of worldwide studios, said at GDC they face one every day. Over Christmas, hackers brought down PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, with PSN being down for so long Sony offered members freebies for the inconvenience.