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.

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