I run a very small, private server for my daughter and her friends. A friend of a friend wanted to join so he was opped. We are very informal, and we just want to facilitate access to everything. When finished, he was de-opped since we don’t really know him yet. The regulars retain their opped status. He came on later and saw he wasn’t op anymore and started asking about it. He was told to ‘hang on’ while we re-op him. Then the server was flooded with spoofed ip’s, ports and player names – an attack designed to affect the server, I guess. It didn’t. The 4 second connection throttle was doing it’s job. I took a minute to study the log to prove to myself what I already knew. Yep, it was that new player. This isn’t hard to do with the very low connection rate on a small server. We had a Skype connection to him by then, and I asked him why he was doing this(?) ‘ We were in the process of opping you’. He just denied it and said he didn’t know what I was talking about. It seemed important to me to attach a human voice to the object of his attack JThe attack stopped right about then. I found this experience a little troubling, far more troubling than tit-for-tat griefing I’ve had to deal with in the past. These are kids, after all. I am old school. The act of maliciously attacking a server is serious to me. Sure, he is blocked from my server now, but the speed in which he engaged in the attack appeared experienced. I doubt my server is the only one he has attacked. Further, identifying the perpetrator of such an attack on a big server is probably too difficult to bother with. So, my social comment; Are 21’st century Minecraft players treating Minecraft servers the same way they treat opponents on the server? Is attacking a Minecraft server different from attacking any other type of server – it is a game after all?