Update: Hackers Bring Down LoL, DoTA 2, Blizzard, EA Servers

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Update: Hackers Bring Down LoL, DoTA 2, Blizzard, EA Servers

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The hacker group "DERP" is attacking the servers of games played by popular Twitch streamer James "Phantoml0rd" Varga.

A group or individual going by the Twitter handle DERP has been attacking the servers of several major PC games, including League of Legends, DoTA 2 and Blizzard. The hacker initially took down the LoL EU servers and Blizzard's Battle.net, before setting its sights on popular Twitch streamer James "Phantoml0rd" Varga's favorite games.

It told Phantoml0rd if he lost his current game of DoTA 2, it would bring down the game's servers. Just as Phantoml0rd's team took a turn for the worst, the server he was playing on went down. It then proceeded to harass the streamer, taking down the servers for every game he subsequently tried to play, including Club Penguin. It also took down EA.com in the interim.

So far, DERP's threats have been consistent, with each website or game server that it has targeted going down shortly after its announcement. Phantoml0rd, who believes he was targeted because he was the top streamer at the time, reached out to the group, asking them why they were doing this. "For the lulz," it replied, adding that it is dismayed with "money hungry companies".

To make things worse, shortly after all this went down, Phantoml0rd received a visit from the police, most likely believing that he had something to do with the hack attacks. "...just had an automatic pointed at me, put in hand cuffs and sat in the back of a cop car as I watched as 6 policemen go through my whole house.. will keep you all updated," he posted on his Facebook wall.

So far, there is no word from any of the companies that have been attacked, but we have reached out to Riot, Blizzard, Valve and EA for further comment.

Source: Reddit, Twitter via Polygon

Update: PhantomL0rd has posted an official reply regarding the DDoS attacks and the raid on his house by police to his Twitch channel. You can watch his reply below:

Update 2: Riot Games has confirmed that League of Legends was affected by the DDoS attacks, although everything seems to be up and running.

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well the obvious response would be to play a game that doesn't need to connect to any server.

Also, I don't think A DDOS attack is really hacking. Anyone with access to a server network can push a button to do a DDOS attack. No hacking skill involved.

Eric the Orange:
well the obvious response would be to play a game that doesn't need to connect to any server.

Also, I don't think A DDOS attack is really hacking. Anyone with access to a server network can push a button to do a DDOS attack. No hacking skill involved.

That is one of the first lessons of Information Assurance. You are absolutely correct, it's frustrating to see people able to organize DDOS attacks labled as hackers. The act lacks any skill, finesse, or subtlety.

It's a shame that these events are becoming more and more common, there seems to always be an entity seeking to undermine any sort of technological advancement lately.

I quote, from DerpTrolling's twitter:

We had to bail from Starbucks when the police showed up and started asking questions.

Kind of makes them seem less threatening.

Someone I know linked me a bunch of stuff about the hackers really names and the such but really I'm not massively bothered. The hackers are big ol' dicks for doing this and the guy streaming is kind of a dick to keep on considering it made it a hassle for everyone else to play what they want.

The religious side of me hopes there's a special place in Hell for people who think this level of griefing is funny. I really hope any hassle the streamer has to go through is minimal and the authorities find the correct perpetrator in the end. There isn't enough bad karma in the world for that kind of behavior.

Those involved in DDOSing are losers. Being able to DDOS doesn't make you a hacker anymore than owning a gun gives you a super power. Hope this little turd gets thrown in jail for long long time.

Also: "For the lulz," and "money hungry companies" are this guy's excuses for being a loser. He wants attention and to have some form of importance. I'm sure he'll get more attention than he could ever want in a jail.

hazabaza1:

Tthe guy streaming is kind of a dick to keep on considering it made it a hassle for everyone else to play what they want.

Granted he is sort of a victim here being targeted and all, but if I was getting hassled by a DDoSer I'd just go "HAHA FAK YOU!" and proceed to stream some Dishonored or Xcom instead of letting other people get hit in the crossfire.

Hope they're caught, have automatics pointed at them, set in the back of a police car, and unlike the victim, are taken away. Whether to pay a fine, community service, or just jail, I don't care. Just get them. These type of people suck.

Sectan:

hazabaza1:

[quote]Tthe guy streaming is kind of a dick to keep on considering it made it a hassle for everyone else to play what they want.

Granted he is sort of a victim here being targeted and all, but if I was getting hassled by a DDoSer I'd just go "HAHA FAK YOU!" and proceed to stream some Dishonored or Xcom instead of letting other people get hit in the crossfire.

Well yeah. I didn't mean to say he's a dick for streaming, just for streaming online games that can be taken down.

Mind you they did take down hotmail so if he went online they'd probably target the entirety of Steam or something.

CpT_x_Killsteal:
Those involved in DDOSing are losers. Being able to DDOS doesn't make you a hacker anymore than owning a gun gives you a super power. Hope this little turd gets thrown in jail for long long time.

State of the internet:

MOBA player makes rancid comment on Facebook. Naked, alone, and crying on suicide watch in solitary facing 8 years.

These turds are going to face less than a year if caught.

People that rob content creators operating on fair use (or even if they're using their own content) get to keep the money they steal while Google threatens the robbed with lawsuits.

hazabaza1:
I quote, from DerpTrolling's twitter:

We had to bail from Starbucks when the police showed up and started asking questions.

Kind of makes them seem less threatening.

It's also weird that someone would be in Starbucks when they are also:

dismayed with "money hungry companies".

I guess it's ok to pop in to a money hungry coffee chain when you need a pick-me-up or some free wifi.

hazabaza1:

Sectan:

hazabaza1:

[quote]Tthe guy streaming is kind of a dick to keep on considering it made it a hassle for everyone else to play what they want.

Granted he is sort of a victim here being targeted and all, but if I was getting hassled by a DDoSer I'd just go "HAHA FAK YOU!" and proceed to stream some Dishonored or Xcom instead of letting other people get hit in the crossfire.

Well yeah. I didn't mean to say he's a dick for streaming, just for streaming online games that can be taken down.

Mind you they did take down hotmail so if he went online they'd probably target the entirety of Steam or something.

Yeah totally agree with you on that part. Once he saw that he was being targeted by some idiot who was ruining everyone's fun he should have just played something singleplayer. That way you get to piss of DDoSers and still play games.

DDOS attacks. Douchebaggery at its finest usually concealed with a "we hate corporations" excuse. Seriously people, you actually do more harm to folks who enjoy games when you take down game servers.
Its just so stupid and childish. Mostly because it feels more like butthurt players gang up to ruin everyone's day because they lost a match. Its shit like this that makes me just want to be able to instantly transmit an Epic Picard Facepalm (or the double facepalm) image on those folk's PC's for a set amount of time any time they pull shit like this.
Stupid crap. Stupid people...

Sounds like people throwing a temper tantrum because they didn't get their way.

This stopped being even remotely humorous the moment it was discovered that an innocent person (at least in this case) was suspected by the police and consequently arrested for the wrong-doings of an entirely unrelated group of people.

It's one thing to have fun at someone's expense. It's an entirely different story when being an asshole turns out to have real world effects that can possibly ruin another person's life in many aspects.

What this article doesn't mention is that the "victim" here was in contact with the DDOS-ers egging them on (IIRC the taking down DoTA2 if he loses thing was his idea) and telling people that if they subscribe (which costs money on Twitch IIRC) he would act as a go between to let them ask the assholes from DERP questions. He isn't victim in any way here, his channel has never had so many viewers/subs.

I should be upset about this.

But I'm not.

I fact, I don't really care at all.

be it due to the games that got taken down or just me being that jaded toward stuff like this anymore, yeah, I can't muster enough anything to give a shit what morons like this wanna do.

So, hackers are being dumbasses and making themselves a nice big target again. Looks like Bubba's getting company soon.

major_chaos:
What this article doesn't mention is that the "victim" here was in contact with the DDOS-ers egging them on (IIRC the taking down DoTA2 if he loses thing was his idea) and telling people that if they subscribe (which costs money on Twitch IIRC) he would act as a go between to let them ask the assholes from DERP questions. He isn't victim in any way here, his channel has never had so many viewers/subs.

If that's the case, I'd like to see some proof.
It would certainly explain why they took the guy away in handcuffs and going through his house instead of just asking questions.

Jokes on you douchebag! I decided to play Black Flag instead of LoL tonight. You have not effected me at all!!!!

In all seriousness, it's probably some shitty kid who wants attention and the whole "we hate companies" thing is just them trying to get even more attention.

How, exactly, did the police know he was tangentially involved in this? Were they tipped off or are they simply monitoring the entire internet all the time and will invade people's homes without warrant because we're all so free?

It never ceases to amaze me just how dense these people are to not think "will me being a total cunt surely piss off everyone around me?", because they should be well aware that doing so serves no purpose at all other than to create anger.

I hope he get's caught and anyone else in the future for their shitty pathetic crimes.

there also needs to be an ultimatum of a punishment for people like him, specifically having their rights to use any sort of technology that can connect to the internet stripped from them entirely for the rest of their life, that way they'll never get to experience anything from the internet and will never bother anyone ever again while serving their sentence.

MCerberus:

CpT_x_Killsteal:
Those involved in DDOSing are losers. Being able to DDOS doesn't make you a hacker anymore than owning a gun gives you a super power. Hope this little turd gets thrown in jail for long long time.

State of the internet:

MOBA player makes rancid comment on Facebook. Naked, alone, and crying on suicide watch in solitary facing 8 years.

These turds are going to face less than a year if caught.

People that rob content creators operating on fair use (or even if they're using their own content) get to keep the money they steal while Google threatens the robbed with lawsuits.

This post made me sad. To be fair though as far as I know the hackers and copyright scammers didn't use foul language. Wars have started over that kind of things.

Loki_The_Good:

MCerberus:

CpT_x_Killsteal:
Those involved in DDOSing are losers. Being able to DDOS doesn't make you a hacker anymore than owning a gun gives you a super power. Hope this little turd gets thrown in jail for long long time.

State of the internet:

MOBA player makes rancid comment on Facebook. Naked, alone, and crying on suicide watch in solitary facing 8 years.

These turds are going to face less than a year if caught.

People that rob content creators operating on fair use (or even if they're using their own content) get to keep the money they steal while Google threatens the robbed with lawsuits.

This post made me sad. To be fair though as far as I know the hackers and copyright scammers didn't use foul language. Wars have started over that kind of things.

Not irony so to speak, but the reason the kid was arrested in Texas was because of a Canadian trolling around Facebook trying to get reward money.

Can't say I really care. It's kind of amusing in a bizarre way. I guess it works as a publicity stunt. People will subscribe just to follow this junk, and Phantomlord will likely get more ad revenue from the increase of viewers. After scrolling through the reddit thread, and looking at some screencaps, I'd find it believable if Phantomlord did have a connection with DERP. He somewhat encourages them.

BQE:

Eric the Orange:
well the obvious response would be to play a game that doesn't need to connect to any server.

Also, I don't think A DDOS attack is really hacking. Anyone with access to a server network can push a button to do a DDOS attack. No hacking skill involved.

That is one of the first lessons of Information Assurance. You are absolutely correct, it's frustrating to see people able to organize DDOS attacks labled as hackers. The act lacks any skill, finesse, or subtlety.

It's a shame that these events are becoming more and more common, there seems to always be an entity seeking to undermine any sort of technological advancement lately.

I think it's as good a label as any. Stealing from a baby is still theft, so just throwing enough users at a system to bring a servers to it's knees is still hacking. It is less impressive than breaking into a system via custom made software and understanding of passwords, but it still is an attempt to break down a server electronically.

At very least, they just sound like a bunch of trolls who are not going to be very good at covering their tracks.

major_chaos:
What this article doesn't mention is that the "victim" here was in contact with the DDOS-ers egging them on (IIRC the taking down DoTA2 if he loses thing was his idea) and telling people that if they subscribe (which costs money on Twitch IIRC) he would act as a go between to let them ask the assholes from DERP questions. He isn't victim in any way here, his channel has never had so many viewers/subs.

I didn't really see that from the info posted.

http://www.reddit.com/r/leagueoflegends/comments/1u1pcz/servers_down_discuss_here/

major_chaos:
What this article doesn't mention is that the "victim" here was in contact with the DDOS-ers egging them on (IIRC the taking down DoTA2 if he loses thing was his idea) and telling people that if they subscribe (which costs money on Twitch IIRC) he would act as a go between to let them ask the assholes from DERP questions. He isn't victim in any way here, his channel has never had so many viewers/subs.

Wait.....so he's assisting in participation of a criminal act just to increase his channel views? I hope a [young] judge understands what kind of BS he's pulling and throws the damned Book at him.

You can really get the police to go to anybody's house these days, huh.

Honestly, I don't really care much about PhantomLord being inconvenienced. I watched some of his streams and he's kind of an asshole and I'm inclined to believe the posts in this thread stating that he was enticing the "hackers" and either provoking them or working in concert with them. However, this stunt likely hit hundreds of thousands of people who were just trying to play their games in peace. PhantomLord wasn't targeted. His games were. And that's why I hope these morons get caught and punished...

Makes me wonder, is there any kind of betting or gambling surrounding MOBAs like DOTA? Seems funny that they threw their toys out of the pram after he lost a match they told him not to lose, just speculation of course.

Getting arrested and handcuffed at gunpoint when there is no evidence of him committing any offence or any sign of him being dangerous is out of fucking order though, what kind of police state does he live in?

Y'know, since the dawn of the Internet there was a label for this that was apart from the real hackers (Good or bad), and should be brought back: Script kiddies. Those competent enough to run an automated script to do the work they could never do on their own. Seems to fit the modern era of renting a botnet and using it to 'take down' a website by consuming all available bandwidth to a T.

Can we please stop referring to DDoSers as hackers? DDoS attackers are as much hackers as someone using dynamite to break a lock is a lockpicker. All their doing is hitting it with brute force til it fails. Hacker implies some sort of skill, a DDoS attack requires next to none.

J Tyran:
Makes me wonder, is there any kind of betting or gambling surrounding MOBAs like DOTA? Seems funny that they threw their toys out of the pram after he lost a match they told him not to lose, just speculation of course.

Getting arrested and handcuffed at gunpoint when there is no evidence of him committing any offence or any sign of him being dangerous is out of fucking order though, what kind of police state does he live in?

since mobas are hugely popular in china i would say there is probably betting worth millions going on.
in dota people also like to bet their ingame items on pro matches but i think the streamer is primarily known as a lol player so i doubt that was a actor.
however i don't doubt in the next couple of years we will see DDoS attacks on servers because people bet on the wrong horse.

smithy_2045:
Can we please stop referring to DDoSers as hackers? DDoS attackers are as much hackers as someone using dynamite to break a lock is a lockpicker. All their doing is hitting it with brute force til it fails. Hacker implies some sort of skill, a DDoS attack requires next to none.

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I watched the steam of this guy for a few minutes before I remembered how little I cared. At some point he was just whoring for views, as he didn't just stream an offline game and was "negotiating" with the guys on IRC like they were some sort of computer terrorists or some shit like that.

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