DayZ servers hit by malicious security breach, botnet threat

Monday, 11th June 2012 09:17 GMT By Matt Williams

The popular zombie-inspired Arma II mod DayZ has been hit by a malicious security breach, allegedly threatening to turn the game’s servers into a potential botnet.

“A person has gained access to our main email account which have details listed for our FTP’s, etc. He then uploaded a malicious application to the US file host which has since been taken offline,” an official announcement states.

“The file was called dayz_auto_updater.exe,” the announcement continues. “This malicious software is lead to be a backdoor / bot.”

Users who downloaded the file from the US Mirror are advised to scan their computer for viruses and visit ThreatExpert for further instruction if not located by a virus detector. Users are also advised to change their forum account passwords as a precaution, following a forum attack by the user.

The person responsible has been identified and banned from the game. Legal action will also be pursued.

Thanks, Kotaku.



  1. unacomn

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. barchetta

    Pretty depressing as is the case with any risk to personal freedoms that come with such breaches. I can still see the black humour of a zombie based game turning ‘zombie’ and going shambling across the ‘net.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Yoshi

    I got 99 problems and a breach is one.

    #3 3 years ago

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