LoL, DotA 2,, and Club Penguin Servers DDOSed by DERP!

League of Legends, DOTA 2, EA, game servers are getting Derped!!

No, I’m not kidding, different game servers such as League of Legends’ and DotA 2 are being attacked by an individual -or a group- who goes by the name of “DERP“.

DERP is supposed to be DDoS’ing the servers of big games, including League of Legends, DotA 2; but not stopping there, as this person, or group, has also attacked Club Penguin, and even, as reported over Reddit and live-streamer Phantoml0rd’s Twitch stream.

The attacks seems to be happening not because of the games themselves, but because of some sort of…inconvenience between DERP and Phantoml0rd, as the attacks are always aimed to the servers of the games Phantoml0rd starts streaming.

It all seems to have started when Phantoml0rd started streaming a DotA 2 match, and DERP threatened to attack the game’s server if he lost the match, something that happened as soon as Phantom’s team started going in the “wrong direction”.

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That's how it all began. After that, it all just got crazy...

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Quite an interesting way to accomplish their goal...whatever their goal is...

However, as bad as this sounds, some users are reporting that this might even be an "advertising" campaign, as PhantomL0rd seems to have gotten quite a bunch of new followers since this all began. I've tried to reach out to him in order to get any update in this matter.

Published Dec. 30th 2013
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I watched his hour long explanation video. I really, highly doubt this being fake. There are way too many moment by moment details that sounded extremely genuine, video and picture proof too (I guess not 100% proving material, but removed some of my doubts). I just can't see anyone fabricating a story that complex just for publicity. And even then, you can try to manufacture a publicity stunt, but the best and most effective publicity stunts are ALWAYS accidents, so not really publicity stunts, but you know people always try to call things out as a stunt.
  • JohnHeatz
    Featured Correspondent
    I do agree, I watched the video too, but there are still some pieces that just don't match is possible that this is all real, but there are too many little details that simply don't work that way "in real life"
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I see what you mean. There are always holes in stories and it will keep people doubting.

    I had another thought though. Maybe it was a half and half publicity stunt. What I mean is these hackers came in to do what they were going to do, then things started getting awesome for both parties, the hackers were getting recognition and Phantom was getting the viewers and followers. Maybe at that point, they realized together they can make a huge internet story. Maybe that's when things like lots of pizza showing up at his door and a wave of police happened.

    I can see many different possibilities but one thing I'm 100% sure of is that this wasn't planned from beginning to end. Those hackers were bored and Phantom was in the right place at the right time. What ensued after the whole thing started could be anything.
  • JohnHeatz
    Featured Correspondent
    and that, my friend, is the best hypothesis that I've read so far. I totally agree with this one, it does make total sense when you see it as a whole
  • Spyke_3447
    Yup, he's had his details posted on a pastebin. Moral of the story? don't be messing with folks league of legends time! xD
  • D. Zee
    Damn, I wanted to write a story on this.

    Still, props for good information.

    I agree with you that it is possible that PL faked this.

    EDIT: In fact, I'm away from home, and the only reason I thought of GS was to write an article on the LoL outage.
  • Ryan Kerns
    Featured Columnist
    Oh yeah... and hacker was a 16 year old from Utah named Austin Thompson for anyone who was curious.
  • Ryan Kerns
    Featured Columnist
    supposedly it ended with the cops showing up at his place, pointing guns at him, and putting him in hand cuffs while they search the house... sounds a little bit fishy if you ask me.
  • GameSkinny Staff
    Usually PhantomL0rd's steam gets about 8,000-15,000 viewers (last time I saw it was just before Christmas). When I checked his stream after the reddit post gained momentum today he was up to over 120,000 concurrent viewers. Make of that what you will. Publicity stunt or not, the guy has now gained an impressive amount of exposure.
  • Germ_the_Nobody
    8,000-15,000 is already impressive. lol While my original thought was that it was a publicity stunt, the whole thing about gigantic websites and games being taken down seems bigger. It's hard to tell these days. The internet is crazy.
  • Germ_the_Nobody
    One of my first thoughts was that it was a publicity stunt but in this day and age it could be real too.

    Plus it's a pretty big deal to see EA, Battlenet, World of Warcraft, and League of Legends go down.

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