Online games services Steam and Origin fall as gamers ring in New Year DDoS-ing

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Steam OriginThe gaming world has been just about squashed flat before, during and after New Year's Eve, with multiple distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

According to the Guardian, two Twitter users, @chFtheCat and @LARCENY_, have claimed responsibility for attacking the digital gaming service Steam, which was down for over an hour on Friday.

Battle.net, the login system used by World of Warcraft and other games produced by Blizzard, was hit by a similar attack, the news outlet reported.

A parallel set of attacks, launched by an entity that calls itself @DerpTrolling and which defines itself as a group of hackers, involved the DDoSing of scores of gaming servers in the days leading up to Friday's separate attack on Steam, et al.

According to #DramaAlert [YouTube video] - a channel that covers "all the drama" in the gaming world - the gaming servers that were knocked offline included World of Tanks, RuneScape, Battlefield 3 and 4, EverQuest and EverQuest2, Club Penguin, Fifa Soccer 13 and 14, League of Legends, Minecraft, the Sony Playstation Network, Electronic Arts (EA), and even the North Korea's state-run news agency, kcna.kp.

@chFtheCat said in one tweet that the reason s/he/they "hit Steam off" is because @DerpTrolling hit off servers for the EA game service Origin.

The Guardian reports that Origin was on-again, off-again for a period of almost 24 hours as a result of that attack.

The proposed motivations for the Steam attacks are all over the map, with the purported hackers chirping back and forth about more attacks to come and being too broke to afford more botnets to run the attacks.

PlayStation.net reports that for its part, DerpTrolling tweeted about deciding to follow PhantomL0rd, a popular streamer on the Twitch gamer community, and to crash every game he was in.

GameInformer.com reports that PhantomL0rd, whose real name is James Vargas, egged on the DDoSers during the assaults on League of Legends, Dota 2, and other games.

GameInformer's Mike Futter writes:

At one point, Varga is egging on the DDoSers. 'I'll put it this way,' he says. 'If my team is winning, we'll keep going. If my team starts to lose, Derp Bros, take this s*** down!' When DerpTrolling accepts the deal, Varga begins laughing loudly.

An entity identifying itself as DerpTrolling engaged in a conversation with #DramaAlert in which he/she/they said that the group simply attacks sites based on requests from people who tweet suggested targets.

In other words, it's all just a game, and it's all for the lulz.

I have a smidgen of pity for the gamers who were deprived of fun and pleaded with the assault squads to knock it off, "for the love of humanity", but only a smidgen, given the blizzard and frozen pipes I'm dealing with in the real world.

Gamers, are you back up and running? Did this spur you to do something else with your time, like maybe shovel an elderly neighbor out from a blizzard?

Is there a game where you get to shovel out elderly neighbors from blizzards and unfreeze frozen pipes?

I want to play that one!

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7 Responses to Online games services Steam and Origin fall as gamers ring in New Year DDoS-ing

  1. Richard Klimming · 239 days ago

    Finally got my computer fixed and had off of work. I log in to see some kids are attacking some of my favorite games. I don't feel as bad for myself as I do for them though. If they have the intelligence to set up a zombie network (if they didnt just pay for it), they're wasting their potential on something that's going to land them all in jail.

  2. interesting article about the nerd underworld

  3. I was there. I got booted from WoW. It's all fun and games until you get in-between a gamer and his WoW. We have are a very particular set of skills; skills we have acquired over a very long career. We will find you DDoSers!

  4. roy jones jr · 239 days ago

    That Origins (EA) doesn't even attempt assist users when this happens is even more disappointing.

    Ever brought a game from them and have issues? Don't plan on any reply's back for help. Also, users being able to take down your system that easily shows how serious EA feels about customer service.

  5. Jason · 238 days ago

    I just don't understand why you have to demean gamers at the end. Just because gamers that have their game interrupted are complaining you feel the need to mock them. Gaming is a hobby, just like watching NFL, NHL, MLB, TV, going outside, etc. So there is no need to mock gaming because you happen to be stuck in a blizzard. You made a choice that ultimately ended up with you living in an area that might be prone to blizzards. Although it sucks, why does dealing with a blizzard or going outside somehow give you the right to make the statements you did, as if your situation somehow makes you a better person?

  6. turk · 236 days ago

    Yeh, it pissed me off to be on vacation and not be able to play BF4

  7. turk4425 · 236 days ago

    Yeh, it pissed me off to be on vacation and not be able to play BF4.

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