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Twitch personality claims home was raided following DDoS – report [UPDATE]

Saturday, 4 January 2014 20:41 GMT By Dave Cook

Reports have surfaced that YouTube personality and prominent Twitch streamer James “PhantomL0rd” Varga , whose streams were hit with a DDoS attack, was well aware that DERP were planning to bring his stream down – so he struck a deal with the lot.

According to a report posted over on Motherboard, Varga contacted DERP and struck a deal: should his team began losing, then it could DDoS his server. Varga’s team started losing, so the group attacked.

Game Informer noted that instead of notifying moderators on Twitch, Varga contacted DERP instead in order to boost his sub count.

In the end, instead of stopping his stream, Varga gained viewers – all told 100,000 at one point – and continued to display advertisements while gaining new subscribers at $4.99 per month each.

He even went so far as to put his channel on “sub mode,” so that the only way to join the conversation was to pay the fee.

“It’s chill to intervene with you, the public, the fans, and with these guys,” he said during the stream at one point. The Twitch stream remained live, showing the DDoSers in the act, violating Twitch’s ToS in the process. Twitch did not take the stream down.

There’s even evidence supporting the fact “more than a dozen armed police” showing up at Varga’s door and handcuffing him never happened.

Game Inform’er Mike Futter spoke with the Los Angeles Police Department who “flatly denied anything of the sort in their jurisdiction.”

Glendale police said there was “no proof of his allegations.”

You can read more on this through the links.

Thanks, SplatteredHouse.

Original Story

DERP, the hacker group behind DDoS attacks on Steam, Origin, Battle.net and League of Legends has apparently pranked YouTube personality and prominent Twitch streamer PhantomL0rd, faking a hostage situation at his address and getting his home raided in the process.

We have reports on the Steam, Origin, Battle.net and League of Legends DDoS attacks through the relevant links.

Kotaku reports that these attacks have been carried out by DERP to target one player, YouTuber PhantomL0rd. However, DERP has not stepped forward to claim responsibility for the prank, and its involvement has not been confirmed. Treat this as a report for now.

In the video above – about the 22 minute mark – he explains that his address has been revealed and that yesterday morning, armed police came to his home to investigate a hostage situation that was brought to their attention.

Then, at the 40 minute mark, he claims that every game he tried to play on Twitch was taken down by attacks, and that they were fuelled by his pursuit of monetising his streams.

After the ordeal he then wrote on Facebook, “woah that last post was written like shit… sorry xD.. Was shaken up I guess. Handcuffs hurt like a bitch.. I’m good guys. More updates soon, promise. Love all of you.”

We’ll have more on this matter as it transpires. Stay Tuned.

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26 Comments

  1. TenPint

    Very interesting. Is Phantoml0rd partly to blame for these attacks? I can understand from a business point of view (streaming after all is his job) that the attention and subscriber money was though the roof, but if these attacks were focused on games he was playing then maybe his choice to continue streaming was slightly immoral. I don’t want to take a group called “DERP” seriously…

    #1 1 year ago
  2. SplatteredHouse

    If you check out the Kotaku comments on the EA attack, you can find all you could ever want to know about DERP. He has been doxd opening him up to just this kind of thing.

    They might want to prepare to face some whole new forms of combat not so easily brought down as Steam! Countering terrorist activity with the potential for vigilantism, I suppose.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. wicktus

    I don’t understand how with just a simple phonecall you can handcuff someone…

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Hcw87

    @3
    If i found out your real name and address i could do the exact same thing.

    ESPECIALLY if you’re a US citizen. They did call the police and said he had a hostage in his house.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. wicktus

    I’m no US citizen but I think that judges and police officers should organize themselves toward creating new laws and new method to counter cyberbullying/hacking. Right now I don’t think it’s quite ready, You can do way more damage with a PC than you could 5 years ago…

    #5 1 year ago
  6. tmac2011

    sucks man, people ruin everything, its not funny at all when you send cops maybe pizza or taxi cabs but the police? so dumb to do this

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Cobra951

    Let’s lay blame where it lies. Sure, these subhuman morons making false calls to the police get the lion’s share of the blame, but law enforcement is almost equally to blame if they act as if claims are established facts. An accusation is false until proven true, and that’s by American legal principles. America is the country where most of these successful pranks happen. Shame on the police for violating citizens’ rights by jumping to tragic conclusions.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. ciaran

    We’ll have more on this matter as it transpires. Stay Tuned.

    These stories are all so old… the video in the post itself is from the 31st.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. noobman

    lol derp reddit hackers confirmed

    #9 1 year ago
  10. SplatteredHouse

    @8 eh, come on. Give them a break ;)

    #10 1 year ago
  11. selderane

    @Cobra951 Yeah, let your family be put into a hostage situation, and have one get taken out because the police waited to establish guilt before taking tactical action, and pat them on the back for thier restraint.

    No, in reality, like everyone else, you’d throw a giant lawsuit at the city, and they know it.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Zohar

    @7

    This wasn’t a legal pondering that went to a DA or a judge or a lawyer somewhere. It was an emergency 911 call. The police did their job. They have to take every call seriously. They can’t take the chance to ponder whether or not something might be a prank. This time it was, but the 500 other 911 calls they got that day were probably all deadly serious. This is long-standing policy and no reasonable person would argue against it.

    On the matter of the hackers, let’s see who’s laughing when the FBI knocks down their doors, puts them in cuffs, and they don’t get to go home at the end of the day. These idiot pocket anarchists always act like they are untouchable or believe if they are caught they’ll end up getting some cushy job at the FBI/CIA/big corporation. Filing a false report and causing this incident with law enforcement, on top of what they did to all of those game services, is something that gets the attention of the FBI, and if they think they can’t be found, look at the last group of dumbfucks that got caught.

    Seriously, if you have problems with someone making some money streaming games, never watch sports again, never buy a product with a brand name on it, never watch TV or listen to mainstream music. Stop looking at newspapers, don’t visit websites with ads,stop paying attention to anybody anywhere who represents a product. Don’t listen to the radio. Debadge your car. Etc etc… advertising is everywhere. If you can’t handle it, get on a space ship (but not Branson’s, he’ll use you as advertising) and leave the planet.

    I fucking hate these entitled internet losers who want to destroy everything they don’t approve of. If you want to change something, put some fucking pants on, leave the dark basement and organize a peaceful protest. Get like-minded people involved and try to make a difference. If you fail to gain support, accept reality and move on with your life.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. sebastien rivas

    In all honesty,

    I read the article and still have no clue what is going on nor the purpose of the prank.

    A prank at this level does not hold anything but despise per se because it has no depth and no point.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Harrow

    I would of raided his home just for that fucking shit on chin.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Ireland Michael

    So this was just one giant publicity stunt?

    Hahahahahaha.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Dragon

    Yup.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. The_Red

    @15
    More like a scam for an insane amount of $5 subs fees.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Gekidami

    Its great when the gaming press actually bother to do some digging or at least picks up on what gamers have found and report on when something is a scam, its a shame that doesnt happen more often.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Cobra951

    @18: I’m ashamed to say your post is no more irrelevant than the bulk of them before yesterday’s update. The word “apparently” is in the original story, so I can’t shrug off the blame on VG247 for the gaffe, though I’m sure they’re feeling a bit of it too.

    I’m happy for your uncle Evan, wherever he may be. And my apologies to the LA police dept., at least so far. Any other revisions to the facts?

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Ireland Michael

    @17 I don’t follow. It’s not like people were being forced to buy them.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. noobman

    What a ugly bastard.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Dragon

    @21,
    Being a dick is not punishable by law, generally.
    This guy has acted like a massive one.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Takeshi

    I’m so fortunate I don’t have to deal with this kind of thing. Seriously, who gives a shit? Still can’t believe some people actually like playing games all day.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Hcw87

    If i got paid 3-4 times more than a normal job (hell it might be even more), then i’d play games for a living too.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. SpacemanSpliffz

    Did any of you even read the article? It said he was bullshitting about being Swat Teamed. It never happened.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. SCABofSCABS

    The lack of reading comprehension in here is SO SAD!

    #26 1 year ago

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  • Mass Effect 4 survey contains info on crafting, exploration, a Horde Mode more – RUMOR

    Remember when a Dragon Age: Inquisition survey popped up and outed possible content for the title? It’s happened again and this time it’s for the next Mass Effect game. Note: take the information contained herein with a grain of salt. Surveys, if this one is legit, are usually sent out to test ideas and aren’t […]

  • GTA 5 PC: modders poking around the files find Army Cavalcade, Feroci and SuperGT textures

    More GTA 5 information has been posted by modders poking around in the files of the PC version. This time, instead of zombies and horses, textures for the Army Cavalcade, Feroci and SuperGT vehicles have been found. New leaked vehicles Barbarian, Detonator and Tampa are also mentioned in the thread. A screencap of the files […]

  • Sony leaks: Uncharted movie similar to National Treasure but more “intense” and not as “silly”

    Sony Pictures wants the Uncharted film to be similar in tone to the National Treasure franchise, but not as soft or silly, and with deeper romantic storyline than the Nicolas Cage films. The information on the upcoming film was pulled from emails and database files derived from the Sony Pictures hack last year by North […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t just a “big-budget Battlefield mod,” says DICE

    DICE boss Patrick Bach has promised Star Wars: Battlefront isn’t just a “big-budget Battlefield mod,” as the game carries the Battlefront title for a reason. Speaking with Eurogamer during Day 2 of the Star Wars Celebration yesterday, Bach said the team stayed true to the “core ethos” of the Battlefront series by adhering to what […]

  • New Steam policy restricts accounts to protect users from phishing scams and spam

    Valve has implemented a new policy on Steam which limits user accounts which have spent less than $5 through the store. The new policy is to protect users from phishing scams and spam. If the users hasn’t spent anything on the store, they at least have to have $5 sitting in their Steam Wallet. This […]

  • Latest Flash Sale on the US PlayStation Store discounts action games and movies

    Sony is hosting another Flash Sale on the North American store with plenty of action games, and some films, to help get your weekend started. The list is super long, so here’s a few highlights: Army of TWO The Devil’s Cartel Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Bayonetta Beyond Good & Evil HD Castlevania: Harmony of Despair […]

  • A new expansion for Postal 2 called Paradise Lost was released today

    It appears Postal 2 has a new add-on available. No, it’s not for the 2003 version, but the Complete Edition which was greenlit on Steam 10 years later. Called Paradise Lost, the add-on stars the Dude and contains a new single-player story campaign and new areas featuring free-roam gameplay. The original voice actor for the […]

  • GTA 5 patch 1.01 is now available for PC, fixes launcher and framerate issues

    Rockstar has released patch 1.01 for the PC version of GTA 5 and along with a fix to the character’s facial features changing when transferring to PC, the launcher will no longer drain your CPU and crash. Here are the full patch notes: Fixed an issue where the GTAV Launcher would use an abnormally high […]

  • Ultra Street Fighter 4 will arrive on the PS Store for PS4 in May

    Ultra Street Fighter 4 will be released on PlayStation 4 in May, Capcom has announced. All characters, levels and previous DLC will be included in the PS4 version, including a fix to input lag found in the PS3 version’s controls. The fighting game will be released digitally on the PS Store May 26 for $24.99 […]

  • Upcoming Dark Souls 2 patch to fix weapon degradation glitch

    Weapon degradation wan’t an intentional feature in Dark Souls 2, and now that it has carried over into Scholar of the First Sin, the glitch will be patched out in an upcoming update. The glitch also affected the framerate of Dark Souls 2 on PC, and on all platforms with Scholar of the First Sin. […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order on Origin, Amazon, others

    Star Wars: Battlefront is now available for pre-order through EA’s Origin service as well as Amazon and GameStop. Star Wars: Battlefront pre-orders, as previously reported, will include early access to the free Battle of Jakku DLC. The planet is included in the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and finds the New Republic coming […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront – watch the lovely reveal trailer here

    The first trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront was released today after much anticipation. Watch the lovely game reveal below, all captured on PlayStation 4. The trailer was revealed during an EA panel today at the Star Wars Celebration, and featured Lucasfilm concept artist Doug Chiang, the game’s senior producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir, and other members of […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront has 40-player battles, play as Darth Vader and Boba Fett

    Star Wars: Battlefront will take place during the original film trilogy’s timeline, according to a report from the Associated Press. It appears the information was posted ahead of time, (via Kotaku) as the report is written in past tense. According to the report, players will take part in “frenzied shoot-outs between up to 40 players” […]

  • Microsoft confirms departure of Xbox Europe VP Phil Harrison

    Microsoft has confirmed the departure of Phil Harrison, its corporate VP of Xbox in Europe. According to a statement, Harrison left to pursue interests outside of the company, Xbox boss Phil Spencer told GI.biz. “Following a successful tenure as Corporate Vice President in Xbox in Europe, Phil Harrison has chosen to pursue business interests outside […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Rent-a-Server option coming to both last and current-gen consoles

    Battlefield Hardline players will be able to take part in the Rent-a-Server program, similar to the one in Battlefield 4, when the first patch for the shooter is released. Rental servers will come to both last and current-gen consoles, and CPU issues will be addressed in the patch as well, which PC players will be […]

  • Chip’s Challenge and unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2 arrive on Steam next month

    Chip’s Challenge, the 1989 top-down tile-based puzzler created by Chuck Sommerville, is heading to Steam along with the unreleased sequel Chip’s Challenge 2. After the release of the first game, Sommerville spent two years developing the sequel, only to find the trademark had been sold. The trademark’s new owners wanted him to fund the publishing, […]

  • Pillars of Eternity patch betas hitting Steam, update 1.05 to drop in May

    Patch 1.04 for Pillars of Eternity dropped yesterday, and according to Obsidian Entertainment, players can expect the next round of fixes to arrive in May. According to a post on the Kickstarter page, patch 1.04 contained quite a bit of fixes, and going forward, the team plans to continue squishing bugs, adding additional polish and […]

  • Goat Simulator comes to Xbox platforms

    Goat Simulator continues its plan to dominate all platforms under the sun by releasing on Xbox consoles. Goat Simulator has been released on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The store page for the Xbox One version is now live, but the 360 one is lagging behind. Don’t know what this game is or what it’s […]

  • Alienation: first co-op footage revealed

    We have our first look at gameplay footage from Housemarque’s Alienation. Housemarque has finally given us a look at their upcoming shooter project, Alienation. The twin-stick shooter will feature co-op and the new video shows it in action. It’s a short one but still manages to demo several environments. The game was shown off at […]

  • ReShade SweetFX supports GTA 5, user-made presets begin popping up

    GTA 5 modders started making presets for ReShade SweetFX as soon as they realised the tool supports it. To the modding community’s delightful surprise, shader-altering tool ReShade SweetFX was discovered to support GTA 5. What this means is that anyone can download the tool, mess around with the post-processing options, and inject them into GTA […]

  • Project Cars goes gold, full track list revealed

    Project Cars has finally gone gold. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has announced that the racer has reached gold master milestone. “We know the wait for the game to be released was worth it, as we’re confident the quality and realism level we have achieved will provide our fans with the game they are all […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes has a stupid subtitle in the West

    The Western release of Dragon Quest Heroes has been given the most absurd subtitle. Square Enix announced a while back that Dragon Quest Heroes will come to North America and Europe this year. Unlike in Japan, it will launch only on PlayStation 4. Earlier today, the Japanese publisher revealed what the game’s logo will look […]

  • Minecraft vulnerability allows users to crash servers remotely [UPDATE]

    A security flaw discovered in Minecraft’s code that could give perpetrators the ability to crash servers remotely has been fixed via a patch by Mojang. Update: Mojang has released an update to Minecraft patch 1.8, listed as version 1.8.4, and it is available now. It fixes reported security issues, in addition to some other minor […]

  • Official Bloodborne merchandise now available, including a limited edition statue

    The PlayStation gear store has added a new section dedicated to Bloodborne merchandise. The first set of items is as good as you’d expect. If you’re a fan of Bloodborne and want to make sure everyone around you knows it, you’ll be happy to know that Sony has added a few pieces of Bloodborne-branded gear […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy The Last Word?

    Xur is selling one of Destiny’s top hand cannons today: The Last Word. Is it worth grinding the coins for? The answer is a resounding YES. The Last Word is one of Destiny’s best Exotics, and one of the best Hand Cannons in the game. Our Destiny expert Alex notes that it’s one of the […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 17, 18 – The Last Word edition

    What did our good buddy Xur bring for us this week? Xur: Agent of the Nine, Destiny’s weekend vendor is back with more Exotic offers. Xur is your guy if you’re after Exotic weapons or armour, provided you have the Strange Coins for them. Head over to the lounge in the Tower Hangar, you’ll find […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt discounted for Gold members, pre-load now live

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt files are now live on the Xbox Store. Xbox One owners with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt pre-orders can start downloading the full game to be ready for launch. The file size was confirmed earlier to be just over 25GB. Those who have yet to pre-order can do so at […]

  • GTA 5 files accessed by modders, reveal horses, zombies, more

    Modders have managed to pry GTA 5′s file lock open and expose many of its interesting innards. GTA community modders have gained access to several of GTA 5′s archives on PC. These files were previously believed to be inaccessible. Popular modding tool OpenIV, which was used in editing files in GTA 4 (hence the name), […]

  • Bethesda’s E3 invite features Dishonored, Doom, Wolfenstein… but no Fallout

    Bethesda is going first at E3 this year with a showcase of games on Sunday night. What clues can we see in the press invite? Skyrim publisher Bethesda has sent out confirmation of its E3 showcase, taking place Sunday June 14. The invite includes a number of Bethesda game characters including Wolfenstein’s BJ Blazcowicz, a […]

  • Here’s Crytek’s VR demo, because dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs! This is precisely what virtual reality is for. VR demos are all over the place and CryEngine developer Crytek has produced one of its own, showing off how the engine is flexible enough t- Look, let me level with you: I don’t care. I only care about dinosaurs. Hush now and watch the dinosaurs. […]

  • StreetPass update adds birthday collecting, VIP Miis and more

    StreetPass collecters should take advantage of an optional update. It’s International StreetPass Week, so now’s the time to break out the 3DS and go hunting. Don’t leave your home network without first checking out a new optional update, though. Kotaku reports the update prompt is available from the leftmost icon in your StreetPass Mii Plaza. […]

  • Massive Uplay sale offers cheap games in time for the weekend

    PC gamers can grab a sweet saving or two in Uplay’s Spring Sale. Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Alien: Isolation are all on sale as part of Uplay’s Spring Sale, among many other titles. The sale offers discounts of up to 85% off digital […]