EA Origin servers down, hacker group claims responsibility

Friday, 3rd 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.



  1. SlayerGT

    As smart as hackers are their efforts are always misplaced..unintelligently.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Dragon

    “We’ve directed the Gaben Laser Beam™ @ the EA login servers. Origin #offline”

    “Our lord and savior Gaben does not like competition.”

    Some people really need to look at prioriies in their life.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Talkar

    Yup, and media need to stop glorifying their “skills” by saying they are hackers. At most they are script kiddies. They only commit to DDOS, so calling them hackers would be like calling an employee of McDonald’s a chef..

    #3 1 year ago
  4. thegrimmling

    People with tiny genitalia have a need to ruin the entertainment of average people.

    The sad thing is, they know they are small structured and are pathetic, so they need to bother normally hung,( or larger) people by ruining their hobbies.

    (BTW, I know trolls read this blog, I am a former attack troll, so I know this will make them cringe.)

    @3 The “skill” you reference was is “old hat” 6 years ago when the LAIC went public. The kids today who they they are 1337 are lower than script kiddies.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. CyberMarco

    Steam is down as well.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. NinjaHart

    I think people need to learn the difference between hackers and crackers. The real hackers are getting a really bad reputation because people don’t know what seperate a hacker from a cracker.

    1337 bullshit is something crackers came up with to try and earn the respect of the real hackers, but they failed. The real hackers still look down on crackers who launches DDoS attacks. Least the media should learn the difference.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Talkar

    As far as i’m aware, a cracker is someone who breaks into an application and changes it for better or worse, be that reverse engineering a game to remove DRM. Or be that getting into a bank application to extract bank information.
    Whereas a hacker is in essence the same thing, only the hacker works with web pages and interfaces instead of applications.
    To call these kids either is IMO giving them too much credit .

    #7 12 months ago
  8. Talkar

    ^Edit to above, i stand corrected.
    A cracker is both what i described above, and it can also be a black hat hacker. I’m just not used to anyone calling a black hat hacker anything else than, well a hacker x)

    #8 12 months ago
  9. Panthro

    These guys should put there skills/ resources to good use rather than attacking some crappy game service.

    #9 12 months ago
  10. trinsan76

    I don’t remember having had these kinde problems in the days when running a game was typing the .exe file name or double clicking it.

    Yeah, these guys are annoying and to blame, but the problems really only surfaced when publishers became to keen on centralized management, publishing and surveillance at the expense of the end-users.

    Steam, Origin, Sony, Google, Amazon… you name it, they’ve all been subject to severe downtime and loss of private data. Although at the hand of annoying people, they are only half as annoying as the people who force us to use Steam, Origin, PsN or whatever and at their benefit risk our private data.

    #10 12 months ago
  11. dontbescaredhomie92

    Fucking no-lifers.

    #11 12 months ago
  12. lolatfanboys

    “Fucking no-lifers”? funny, same thing other people tell to Gamers

    #12 12 months ago
  13. dontbescaredhomie92

    @12 I don’t know how you can even the compare the two or attempt to justify their actions unless you were one of the twats that did this, so yes people who have no life, meaningless existence or just trying really hard to compensate for something small between their legs.

    Stop living in the past, in this day and age I don’t know anyone who doesn’t play video games and to even say that on a gaming website is beyond ridiculous.

    #13 12 months ago

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