Steam was brought down overnight by hackers and EA gaming service Origin is sporadically offline. Twitter users claimed responsibility for Steam, while DERP trolling group said they were the ones attacking EA.
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Hackers have been launching DDoS attacks for over a week now. We first seen Rust game servers suffering these attacks, then on New Year’s Eve DERP attacked several gaming servers. Today chFtheCatso, a Twitter user, posted that “we’re launching more ddos dildo attacks at steam, me n @LARCENY_”. A pair of individuals claims to be responsible for DDoS attacks on Steam, although Valve has not officially responded to the outages.
Steam users reported about service being intermittent yesterday evening, with 23:00 PT being the worst time as the Steam store was completely offline for an hour or so. Twitter user @LARCENY_ also posted an image of tools they were using to launch DDoS attacks.
DERP took the Origin service offline last night, but states they have nothing to do with the most recent attacks. Tools being used were mentioned in one of their Twitter’s posts. EA officially announced that Origin servers were under DDoS attack overnight.
DDoS Attacks use thousands of infected PCs to send numerous requests to server causing the latter to become unusable. It is hard to prevent or stop those attacks as “bots” mimic actions of a normal player trying to connect to the gaming server. You can tell if a server is under a DDoS attack, but preventing and fighting these off takes time.
Why DDoS attacks continue on gaming servers is still unclear. We know League of Legends DDoS attacks were connected to Varga’s live streaming though. Might be hackers are just having fun, or wanting to show off what they’re capable of doing. None of the hackers have spoken of their motivations, though it seems “for the lulz” isn't the main reason for the attacks.
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