Battle.net, Steam, Origin & Other Gaming Services Hit With DDoS Attacks

Jan 3, 2014 by  

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The first week of January can feel a little dull after all the excitement of the holidays, and while some people choose to pass the time by getting started on all the video games they got for Christmas, a small handful of individuals are unfortunately expressing their boredom by trying to ruin things for the rest of us.

Gaming services including Steam, Origin, Battle.net and League of Legends have been experiencing outages today and yesterday, and a number of groups or individuals have claimed responsibility for the issues. The sites appear to have been the target of DDoS attacks that have left gamers struggling to log in or engage in online play.

Origin was the first to be hit, according to Polygon, with players left unable to log in on both PC and consoles and a number of multiplayer and online games affected by the outages. A group or person who goes by the Twitter handle ‘DerpTrolling’ claims to be behind the attacks and has repeatedly mentioned Valve’s managing director Gabe Newell as the person to whom the attacks are apparently dedicated. It’s a pity they couldn’t just write fan mail like a normal person.

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Another Twitter user, ‘chFthecat’, has claimed to be behind the Steam downtime and says that they were acting in retaliation to DERP’s attack on Steam, exemplifying the phrase “pot calling the kettle black” by referring to DerpTrolling’s activities as “Really f**king retarded.” This is unfortunate considering that Steam today held an encore of its holiday sale to give gamers one last chance to get their games at a discount.

DERP has also claimed responsibility for DDoS attacks on Battle.net and League of Legends that led to server downtime. All four sites seem to be working again at the time of publication, but there will likely be calls for EA, Valve and other gaming services to institute better safeguards against future DDoS attacks. The incident will likely also spark further discussion about the challenges associated with online gaming and DRM practices that require a persistent online connection even in single player games.

Tell us in the comments if your gaming has been affected by these attacks.

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Sources: Polygon, VG24/7

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  1. LOL origin.

  2. next time you see DRM policies implemented in games, blame these jerks.

  3. Honesty this derp trolling individual or group of individuals are f******* retarded.

  4. seriously f*** off already f***ing stupid little sacks of s***s >:( rejects have to f***ing life or intelligence, so they just go around pissing everyone off ‘just for lols’… god i hate the current generation of kids, they have to f***ing clue about anything and just eat/sleep and s*** the internet all day >:(

    pussies probably think they’re hardcore b/c they’re overloading these client sites – not even hacking… wish they get hemroids and die slow and painful deaths.

  5. Was playing WoW when it happen then log on Steam couldn’t go on. I knew something was up how ever didn’t stop me from playing any of my steam games.
    But knowing some one attack Valve’s Steam . . . . They are just pure evil. I’ve always considered Valve as that company that would fight for Gamers rights and the consumers. I own all Valve games and not one DRM on them how ever I own 4 EA games and 3 Ubisoft and can go on with the list but all of them have DRM and all of them are single player only games. So they get what they get but STEAM! really. . . IT makes no sense since they (in my opinion) care for the consumer the gamer and internet user and will be that company to stand up against the other greedy bastard.

    • All Valve games have DRM on them since the original CS. It’s called Steam. However, it’s a lot more open and friendly than other DRM services out there, and as long as your login is cached you can still play your games while in offline mode.

      Some servers for these games need Steam authentication tokens, even if they’re free to play (like TF2), and you can’t play on most servers while in offline mode.

      Thankfully these core services aren’t being affected by the DDoS attacks, mostly. Only the community servers (market, trading) and the store seem to be hit.

  6. RUST has also been the victim of DDoS attacks for the past week. I suspect it happened near the beginning, and since it was a particularly vulnerable network, it was among the first to be severely affected.

  7. Some men just want to watch the world burn…

  8. I really hope our private information is safe. Is it?

    • Also this is probably why I couldn’t finalize my purchase of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare the last couple nights.

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