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.
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.