Origin and Steam Getting DDOSed
Two of the biggest online stores have supposedly been DDoS’ed in the last few hours; I’m talking about EA’s Origin and Valve’s Steam.
When it comes to Origin, the group that went all against the live-streamer PhantomL0rd, DERP took responsibility for through its Twitter account.
We've directed the Gaben Laser Beam™ @ the EA login servers. Origin #offline— DERP (@DerpTrolling) January 3, 2014
This group during, its encounter with PhantomL0rd, DDoS’ed the game servers of Riot, DotA 2, Club Penguin, and Battle.net, breaking them down and rendering them unusable for gamers all around the globe.
After a couple of hours offline, EA was able to bring the servers back online, as they mentioned in their Twitter account:
Origin, http://t.co/Hkr5Ws19Rn and related login services are available.If you’re experiencing issues,pls. contact us http://t.co/5ruQb6pQ7D— EA Support (@AskEASupport) January 3, 2014
On the other hand, Steam was suffering the same situation, but this time it wasn’t DERP’s fault--two individuals by the Twitter usernames of chFtheCat and LARCENY_ seem to have done it as a gesture against DERP...
Really fucking retarded, they're the reason I hit Steam off, because they hit off Origin. http://t.co/4j5OdDpfXz— chF (@chFtheCat) January 3, 2014
The attack to Steam authentication server and storefront kept the services down for about an hour, after which it went back online with short periods of outages.
Ever since the incident, Valve hasn’t given any word about this matter.
After both Origin and Steam went back online, chFtheCat and LARCENY_, who seem to work together on every attack, claimed an attack against Battle.net.
So we just sent some ddos dildo attacks to http://t.co/b6XB3llpSP— chF (@chFtheCat) January 3, 2014
However, no downtime has been reported for this server.
Ashley ShankleJanuary 4, 2014, 3:45 pmAssociate EditorThe thing that bothers me about this isn't that they're attacking gaming services (though for some reason I lost 13 logged hours of Tropico 4 time on Steam after the DDoS, despite not playing DURING that time) is that these are just script kiddie groups acting like they're hot shit, when DDoSing is by no means difficult if you have the man/computing power behind it to pull off something big.
Script kiddies are not hackers, and I wonder how long it will be until actual hacker groups decide to put them in their place.
JohnHeatzJanuary 4, 2014, 4:20 pmFeatured CorrespondentI've seen this happening quite often before, and I've never seen real hackers taking care of these skids at all, they're just not important, as all they need is a botnet, and those can be purchased by anyone with some money on their hands
Ashley ShankleJanuary 4, 2014, 4:28 pmAssociate EditorYeah, that's pree much it. This is basically free advertising for their botnet. Your average internet user/gamer thinks it's some guys being jerks, but they're basically showing their botnet's worth.
Just incredibly brazen of them to act like tards on Twitter, really.
On another note, wanting real groups to go after them is more wishful thinking than actually thinking it will happen. It never has happened from what I've seen (I, unfortunately, have been a 4channer for 10 years), and it's not like they could get any information on them from Twitter anyway.
Zachary WelterJanuary 3, 2014, 8:27 pmFeatured ContributorLooks like someone stole their parent's wallet. Mommy won't be happy when she sees how much a botnet costs.
RothalackJanuary 3, 2014, 4:36 pmMaster O' BugsBattle.net is too badass to be taken down by amateurs.
JohnHeatzJanuary 3, 2014, 5:41 pmFeatured Correspondentwell, DERP took it down before. The thing with DDOS attacks is that if you reach a certain "level" of botnet, there's simply -and pretty much- nothing that can be done in order to defend yourself against it, and the server will simply go down until the attack ceases...
RothalackJanuary 3, 2014, 5:57 pmMaster O' BugsI know haha, your're right. I just felt the desire to say battle.net is badass today... because it is!
JohnHeatzJanuary 3, 2014, 5:58 pmFeatured Correspondentdefinitely a valid answer right there :P
GabrielKrossJanuary 4, 2014, 12:16 pmFeatured ColumnistBattle.net is suffering other hacker attacks. There's a trojan going around that can bypass authenticators to steal account information.
JohnHeatzJanuary 4, 2014, 12:25 pmFeatured Correspondentthat thing with that is that nowadays pretty much anyone can create a trojan like that if the want to, all the tools are out there, and coding them isn't all that difficult