The Titanfall community may have finally discovered the hackers behind last month’s massive Apex Legends attacks and server-based bot attacks that have been hitting Titanfall 1 for years.
Earlier this week, SaveTitanfall.com – a site mentioned in the Apex Legends attack that insists it was not involved in the hack itself – released a strong 40-page PDF on RedTape operation. In it, the document (and an associated folder full of additional evidence) collects discussions of Discord servers, private messages, emails, twitter threads and more involved to various hackers of the Apex Hack on July 4, the stop in Titanfall bot course and the recent DDoS attacks against Titanfall 2 streamers.
This evidence is put in context by YouTuber Upper Echelon Gamers, who had previously covered the Titanfall 2 attacks. The video alleges that p0358, a Titanfall fan who became famous for a Medium article which allegedly explains to Respawn "how to fix Titanfall", in fact he collaborated with owners, administrators and hackers associated with the Remnant Fleet discord server (a server closely associated with SaveTitanfall.com) to plan the attack. Apex Legends.
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The screenshots show members of the discord boasting about how they had managed to alter the Apex client and provoked attacks on certain TF2 streamers, planning the operation to block Apex at the same time as Discord's public channels. they disallowed any association with the attack.
"Originally, savetitanfall.com was a partnership between different Titanfall communities united to draw attention to the state of the games and provide accurate information about the issues," the report writes. "Unfortunately, (Remnant Fleet) decided to put his personal goal, promote the server and personal project of the Titanfall community, above the good of the game, and instead took advantage of the hard work of other people. when it was convenient for them ".
Why, though, why should Respawn shooters be stopped? The report alleges that these hacks are part of some schemes devised to resurrect Titanfall Online, a Nexon-canceled F2P derivation aimed at transporting Titanfall to Asian markets. p0358 and colleagues are supposedly working on a renaissance of the TFO community, but have gotten into trouble accessing the game's source code.
In addition, p0358 has also been very public in its desire to be hired by Respawn. Upper Echelon speculates that being hired would give him access to Titanfall's source code, which would later help efforts to achieve a recovery of the TFO. Meanwhile, p0358 has been repeatedly captured as a screenshot because it seemed delighted with the demise of Titanfall, as it hopes to draw attention to the TFO project.
“That makes no sense,” YouTuber MoDen31 told summary summary of the YouTube report. "They hacked Titanfall, to fix Titanfall, to be hired by Respawn, to revive a free-to-play Titanfall port made for the Asian market by Nexon."
Following the report, the owner of Remnant Fleet and the hacker involved RedShield (via Titanfall subredit) disallowed server participation, saying "I wish everyone knew we weren't behind the Titanfall 1, Titanfall 2 and Apex Legends attacks". He has reportedly been in contact with Upper Echelon to give them a "tour" through the secret channels where the alleged plot took place.
Titanfall, meanwhile, can be played online once again since its update in late July, and attacks on Titanfall 2 and Apex appear to have stopped (or at least slowed). Titanfall's subreddit, however, has exploded at the revelation that they have been the subject of an absolutely savage conspiracy to end the game they love.
I contacted Respawn to verify the reports and comment on the study's position on these developments.