Hackers take down League of Legends, EA, and Blizzard temporarily [UPDATE]

By "hackers" we mean "people who can instigate a DDoS attack."

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[UPDATE] It appears police showed up at Phantom Lord's house last night.

"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 wrote on Facebook before later providing a lengthy explanation of the day's events in a YouTube video.

The original story is below.

A hacker group going by the name DERP has taken responsibility for DDoS attacks earlier today against League of Legends, EA.com, Battle.net, and other gaming sites. The downtime for each site seemed to last no more than 10-15 minutes, but the real target of the attacks, according to a post on Reddit, was a Twitch streamer going by the alias Phantom Lord.

Reddit summarizes the situation as: "A group called DERP is apparently DDoSing League of Legends NA/EU/OCE servers. They also took down Dota 2, Club Penguin, Battle.net, EA.com. They are taking down whatever game Phantoml0rd is playing (or perhaps, trying to play rolf). Most recent event is Phantoml0rd playing on OCE with stream fans and they took it down. On behalf of the League of Legends situation, it seems like they are directly attacking Internap network, Riot's service provider."

According to his Twitch channel, PhantomLord is a "professional streamer" with over 350,000 followers. PhantomLord's stream is currently down, but according to his Facebook and Twitch chat, police were called to his home in response to a "hostage situation." PhantomLord wrote, "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." He later posted that the situation had stabilized: "I'm good guys. More updates soon, promise."

The previously affected sites are all currently online and functioning normally, but we'll update this story with new details as they develop.

Discussion

222 comments
Aeondeity
Aeondeity

You inconvenienced people, preventing them from playing their games.

Potentially forcing them to go outside and LIVE.

So.. Kudos to you -- even if you did it just for some immature, psychopathic or sadistic reason.

LtReviews
LtReviews

You win, hackers.


You spent tons of money on prepaid bandwidth and computer equipment to launch DDOS attacks that temporarily disabled some online games.


The world is now kneeling before you.

DarthLod
DarthLod

They just took down EA servers again.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

I have no sympathy for ea or blizzard. I have sympathy for riot games (lol developers) but I have no sympathy for a lot of the people who play lol since the majority of them are pathetic human beings. Do not get me wrong, I am referring to people who waste their lives playing lol, not the casual gamers who just play for fun.

greshloc
greshloc

I think they're doing it to Rift now.

Shadowsnake
Shadowsnake

I was watching his live feed until it went offline. It was truly priceless to witness

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

Nice to know the cops can come to your home at any time if you stream your gaming. Nice community, gamers must be very civilized people. (sarcasm in case you missed it)

mack04
mack04

They've just taken out PSN

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

I must be out of the loop.  Who is Phantom Lord and why does DERP despise him so?  Was this a "lol get someone in trouble today with police" New Year's prank?

vadagar1
vadagar1

hopefully they wont hack the nuke silos and burn the planet just to make sure they get him

vadagar1
vadagar1

lol they really hate him XD

Toadamus
Toadamus

Should have shut down Call of duty while you were at it.

Klikandclick
Klikandclick

blizzard: been around since the dawn of time and still can't stop a few script kiddies

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

I had the visual of a bunch of old-school NY detectives standing around a laptop pop into my head upon reading this.

Sirion05
Sirion05

they also attacked the Guild Wars 2 servers last night

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

Please by all means continue to derp EA.com.  Less of those asshats = better for all mankind.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

The person who finds something against these dumb DDoS attack will get a nobel prize...I just hope it's soon. Angry kiddies can DDoS with ease...thats the annoying part.

TheDarkSpot
TheDarkSpot

Awesome, they tried to take down all the shitholes in this industry.

DomZeal
DomZeal

These losers in real-life must be stopped.

k41m
k41m

And theres really people out there that want to take away our guns, I'll tell you what. You just go ahead and try to come in my house and take my Tec-9 away.. I spent too much money on that thing and its used for protection (I do carry it in the inside pocket of my leather jacket just in case I need to use it). But anyways, yeah.. go ahead and try to take my weapon away =)

Gopstop2222
Gopstop2222

@fadersdream how do you think they can afford all thoose things to hack without being caught? i guess they grow money on trees :facepalm:

Willie_Dynamite
Willie_Dynamite

@DarthLod Ya, I couldn't sign on to SWTOR yesterday.

StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

@Aaronp2k You're spending your precious time posting ignorant comments in other threads, couldn't that be considered wasting your life? You can't... act like an idiot on here, and then turn around and judge others and call them pathetic human beings and then still have anyone take you seriously. Grow up.

hurennsohnn
hurennsohnn

@Damnation_6  there do already exist solutions against ddos attacks, but companies don't pay for security because it's not about their data, it's only the customers data that get's stolen :> so they don't really care as long as people buy their games for example.

stev69
stev69

@TheDarkSpot No they didn't, a group of script kiddies got angry with some guy (they probably met playing COD or something and had a bitch fight and got their butts all hurt) and started targeting whatever sites he was using. Its like a child throwing a tantrum.

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

@TheDarkSpot  including EA, Valve, Riot, ActiBlizz

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@DomZeal Why cuase they are fucking up companies that don't need to be in business anymore?  If anything I give these guys alot of credit and kudo's for doing this.  Hell if I had the know how and the resources, I'd do this as much as possible to EA, and Ubisoft.... and Activision/Blizzard myself.  Though I'm not sure what they have against League of Legends I am indifferent on that front.

star-affinity
star-affinity

Also don't like it very much. The combat has such a sloppy, delayish feel to it. Like it otherwise, graphics etc.

Sirion05
Sirion05

@emperiox If you don't like a game it doesn't mean it sucks. GW2 won PC game of the year in 2012

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@Naswari @xeoneex66 Too little too late, and its irrelevant at this stage, they are evil assholes, in my eyes, and I want them to be dismantled as a company.

RoadStar1602
RoadStar1602

@xeoneex66 @DomZeal  Who determines which company should be in business and which should not? You? Are you a narcissist of a communist? I can't decide.

The free market determines which companies should continue to do business, not you. I personally do not condone Blizzard's behavior, so I no longer support them with my money. On the other hand, I find Riot to be an outstanding company, so I support them with my purchases. That is how it is decided which companies should continue to do business and which should not.

By the way, they are not attacking these companies for anyone's good. So, don't make them out to be heroes. They do it for a cheap thrill, nothing more. It's the same as a 12 year old setting a field on fire, then hiding and waiting for the fire department to come. It's the exact same motivation.

JG_overseer13
JG_overseer13

@xeoneex66@DomZealThey attacked those companies only because of Phantomlord. I doubt they had the Gaming world's best interests in mind.

Jaykray
Jaykray

@xeoneex66 @FBohler @Naswari EA 'eats up and spits out smaller companies' because those companies let them. I'm not sure if you're aware, but Bioware, for example, sold themselves to EA, just as others have. I have no love for EA myself, but they're not totally to blame. The founders of Bioware, along with the other companies that EA has bought over the years, should never have allowed themselves to be swayed by dollar signs. They should have known better. 

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@xeoneex66@FBohler@Naswari You do understand the only reasons they 'eat' up anyone is because they are soo greedy they rather take the easy way out. You know like unemployed nit whit's who pop out children so their kids can pay for their gaming/drug habits.


Humanity makes humanity look bad. Stop blaming a company for suckering out fools that shouldn't own rights to any game.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@3dmatrixgamer @xeoneex66 @FBohler @Naswari huh... I'm going to go on a limb and assume you meant I can't play it.  In which case I respond, I have never played FarmVille, I don't even own a facebook page...  I have never played a zynga game.

FBohler
FBohler

@xeoneex66 @Naswari why so much hatred towards a company that make games? I actually enjoy some of their products. If you don't like them, don't buy anything related to them. Speak with your wallet, y'know.

quakke
quakke

@RoadStar1602 


Attacking EA, Activision or Ubisoft is healthly for the game industry, because those megacorporations keep pumping out the SAME gameplay over and over again, and thus creating stagnation in the industry. They keep "playing it safe" by releasing generic shooters and even transforming some games that were totally different genre, into a another shooter. Like forexample Ubisoft's Splinter Cell used to be about Stealth because it has even the Tom Clancy name in it (Clancy was always about realism). Splinter Cell Blacklist doesn't exactly sound like realistic when you're supposed to be running in the field and taking hit just to duck down to one of the millions of chesthigh covers and magically starting to heal by doing nothing.


If you really are so ignorant that you can't see that no innovation is bad for the industry, then it's not going too well for you.

Zero_Echo
Zero_Echo

@xeoneex66 @RoadStar1602 Gaming industry is being ruined by these companies? Try saying that with a straight face to their bank accounts. Nuuurrrddddd. ;D



RoadStar1602
RoadStar1602

@xeoneex66 @RoadStar1602  You, sir, are a complete idiot. Have a nice day, and enjoy a life of contradicting yourself.


PS: The answer to my question is that you are, indeed, a narcissist. Thanks for clearing that up.

stev69
stev69

@xeoneex66 No actually intentions are totally relevant, they weren't out to stick it to the man, they were just a bunch of cyber cry babies lashing out.

Jaykray
Jaykray

@xeoneex66 @JG_overseer13 @DomZeal It's not irrelevant in the slightest because these hackers are disrupting and hurting the lives of millions of people, all supposedly to get at one person. That's just not right, not proper. If you really detest EA that much, then don't purchase their products. Vote with your wallet. 

Busta
Busta

@FBohler @xeoneex66 @deth420 @JG_overseer13 @DomZeal   ya.  These posters  feel the appropriate payback is malicious attacks.  When they could just not buy their products.  And they see nothing wrong with it .   Just comments online bro.  We are in trouble

FBohler
FBohler

@xeoneex66 @deth420 @JG_overseer13 @DomZeal Scares me to see so much likes for that kind of comment... EA, Activision, Ubisoft, etc. are just companies that make games and employ many people.. if their games are s**t, so don't buy it, it's simple!

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@deth420 @xeoneex66 @JG_overseer13 @DomZeal As I said I am indifferent to League of Legends, although that doesn't mean I don't feel that it's inappopriate.  I just dont hold any animosity as I do for EA.  I don't really condone that against League of Legends, as you are correct in saying it ruins time and fun.