It seems you can’t enjoy anything these days without hackers threatening to ruin it for you, and last month’s Battlefield 1 beta was no different.
The massively anticipated beta had a super shaky start, not because of EA or DICE, but allegedly because of PoodleCorp – yet another hacker group with a dumb name and nothing better to do.
Not content with taking responsibility for ruining everyone’s harmless fun once, the group then claimed they’d strike again when Battlefield 1 launched on October 21.
— PoodleCorp (@PoodleCorp) September 18, 2016
Fortunately, it would seem there’s been a slight hitch in these plans. Digital Trends reports that two 19-year-old men were recently arrested and charged for allegedly carrying out DDos attacks for PoodleCorp and Lizard Squad, as well as selling DDoS-for-hire tools and fraudulent credit cards.
The two suspects – Zachary Buchta from Maryland and Bradley Jan Willem van Rooy from the Netherlands – are said to have been arrested as part of an international operation.
Meanwhile, federal officials have also seized four domain names believed to be associated with the two hacker groups:, , , and .
According to the Department of Justice, the two men face up to 10 years in prison based on the charges.
The official complaint mentions that both men would often boast on their fake social media accounts about the DDoS attacks they had carried out.
It’s not known if these two were directly related to the Battlefield 1 server problems, but you’d imagine these arrests would put the rest of PoodleCorp on edge for a bit.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens when Battlefield 1 launches on October 21 – I’m willing to bet it’ll be just fine.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.