EA Origin servers down, hacker group claims responsibility

Friday, 3 January 2014 05:04 GMT By Brenna Hillier

EA’s Origin servers are down, causing widespread connectivity issues across the publisher’s catalogue of games, allegedly due to hacker activity.

EA’s digital PC storefront Origin is currently offline, and multiplayer linked to Origin IDs has also been intermittently affected, with online-only games like Star Wars: The Old Republic most troubled.

Individual game Twitter feeds, as well as EA’s core support account, have acknowledged the issue and assured users that the matter is under investigation, but provided no further information.

Hacker and troll group Derp has not been so reticent, claiming responsibility for bringing the service down, apparently via a DDOS attack.

The group has not explained its motivation for the attack, but a later comment suggests it sees Origin as an unnecessary rival to Steam.

Thanks, Polygon.