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I have a client who's son plays X-Box through their ISP. He starts winning so his competitors start "Host-Booting" their IP address from the ISP as X-Box gives IP addresses out to other players. This overloads the ISP and then the ISP shuts down the connection due to overload, causing the son to loose connection and loose the game. Is there a way to hide the IP address that the son get's for his X-Box or overwise prevent "Host-booting" by other players. such as using a VPN connection, etc. ???
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The victim is not being "booted".  It's a DoS or DDoS attack.  The incoming traffic overwhelms the available bandwidth.  It starts  with latency increasing, ending in a completely stuffed pipe.

The cheaters can initiate a distributed attack for little or no money.  Whether it's a direct denial-of-service attack or distributed, you should report to xbox with their online forms.  Report the player for "tampering".  More info here.

A rented VPN connection might help, but the bandwidth available through the VPN connection will have higher latency and less bandwidth.  If you already have a decent connection like 20/5 @10ms  you might be able to get 10/2 @50ms.  Good enough.

The advantage of the VPN tunnel is that you can disconnect your VPN client, then reconnect, hopefully getting a new IP address.  This doesn't stop the attack.  Your VPN provider will still be suffering the effects of a DDoS attack until it subsides.

You must pause the game (or have another player pause the game) while you disconnect/reconnect.  You have to establish your VPN to mask your IP _before_ you reconnect to your game.  Otherwise, you will disclose your actual IP address, and be subject to direct attack.

I've never used one for gaming, but I know a quick google search for 'gaming vpn' will show a host of services who rent out their service for anonymizing.  You may have trouble with some other services while hidden behind an anonymizer.  Some services ban known IP addresses that belong to anonymizing networks.  Wikipedia editing is one example.
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