Steam hit by DDoS attack as Twitter users claim responsibility – report

Friday, 3rd January 2014 08:17 GMT By Dave Cook

Steam has reportedly been hit by a DDoS attack, following a similar assault on EA’s Origin service. A pair of Twitter users have since claimed responsibility for connection issues experienced on Valve’s service.

It follows a hacker group taking responsibility for outages of EA’s Origin store. The publisher has since taken it servers offline to combat the issue.

Kotaku reports that Steam has suffered connection issues on both its store and community services through the night, and that one Twitter user stepped forward to announce their involvement:

LARCENY has also posted a screen grab of the software used to carry out the supposed attacks.

Upon trying to load up the Steam store tab this morning, I was greeted by this screen:

It’s unclear if the connection issue has indeed been caused by the group claiming responsibility, but we will update you as we learn more.

Steam Support has been quiet on the matter, but we’ve contacted Valve for comment.



  1. The_Red

    Pretty much everything has been attacked. Steam, Origin,, LOL. Did someone declare virtual fatwa on gaming services or something?

    #1 12 months ago
  2. Tr0n

    Yes, bored 13 year old kids.

    #2 12 months ago
  3. AlchemyFire

    Someone didn’t like the Steam sales

    #3 12 months ago
  4. OwnedWhenStoned

    Steam store is back up.

    Ooh Company Of Heroes 2 for a tenner

    #4 12 months ago
  5. Trapless

    Naw don’t be fooled ownedwhenstoned, the rest of the service is effectively down .. trading, trade offers, profiles, the steam marketplace, its all error 118, there are short periods where you might ge through but overall the site is inaccessible. Which is really bad for the sales and the expiring steam cards, there are only 8 or so hours left before those cards expire and we have been unable to buy or sell them for half the night already.

    I guess the sad part is that steam has been so flakey for the last two weeks I’m not sure people will notice the difference.

    #5 12 months ago
  6. OwnedWhenStoned

    @5 Ah well, I’m at work anyway. I haven’t noticed any problems over Christmas though, at least where I am.

    #6 12 months ago
  7. jayc4life

    All this will end once the script kiddies are all back in school after the midterm break.

    #7 12 months ago

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