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Battle.net & League of Legends services down, following DDoS attacks

Friday, 3rd January 2014 08:58 GMT By Dave Cook

Battle.net and League of Legends services have been taken down by DDoS attacks, following a similar assault on Steam and EA’s Origin store.

We first noticed the issue when trying to confirm a source for this Hearthstone story. We had to use a cached version of the page to read Blizzard’s blog.

One trip to Google later confirmed that yes, people are experiencing problems on Blizzard’s service. We then spotted that Kotaku had updated its story on the Origin DDoS attacks to say that the same group has indeed targeted both Battle.net and League of Legends.

We reported on the Steam store outages and Origin hacks today. Hit the subsequent links to see how both services have been affected.

The same hacker group – titled DERP – has claimed responsibility for all of the attacks, save for Steam, which is being carried out by another pair of hackers.

DERP stepped forward to take responsibility for the Battle.net attack on Twitter:

We’ll have more on the mater as it comes.

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  1. Mr Tom

    Calling them a “hacker” group is laughable. I haven’t seen them doing any hacking yet. Maybe “bunch of muppets” would be more accurate? :)

    #1 7 months ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 I think muppets is putting it lightly good sir.

    #2 7 months ago
  3. Dragon

    @1,2,
    Or cracker. They arent hackers, they are cracker.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker_%28computer_security%29

    #3 7 months ago
  4. Hcw87

    All they do is rent a botnet, so even calling them script kiddies would be a compliment for them.

    ”A botnet is a collection of Internet-connected programs communicating with other similar programs in order to perform tasks. This can be as mundane as keeping control of an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel, or it could be used to send spam email or participate in distributed denial-of-service attacks. The word botnet is a portmanteau of robot and network.”

    They don’t break into servers, they just take them offline. ANYONE can do that, all you need is money and some contacts.

    #4 7 months ago
  5. Dragon

    ^ Looks like some kid got his hand on his dads credit card.
    One of the reasons they shouldnt be said “hackers”, since they hacked nothing.

    #5 7 months ago
  6. KineticCalvaria

    Hacker should just be replaced with retard. They’re one and the same really.

    #6 7 months ago
  7. Dragon

    ^Well, there is something called “ethical hacker” too.

    And you would have never learnt about PRISM and all those wikileaks thing if it werent for “hackers”.

    Although this case is just a moneybag looking for some internet bragging rights.

    #7 7 months ago
  8. wicktus

    they live in a cave, they have sociopathic issues its (drumroll)…DERP

    #8 7 months ago