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

Saturday, 4th 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 7 months 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 7 months ago
  3. wicktus

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

    #3 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago
  9. noobman

    lol derp reddit hackers confirmed

    #9 7 months ago
  10. SplatteredHouse

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

    #10 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago
  14. Harrow

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

    #14 7 months ago
  15. Ireland Michael

    So this was just one giant publicity stunt?

    Hahahahahaha.

    #15 7 months ago
  16. Dragon

    Yup.

    #16 7 months ago
  17. The_Red

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

    #17 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago
  20. Ireland Michael

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

    #20 7 months ago
  21. noobman

    What a ugly bastard.

    #21 7 months ago
  22. Dragon

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

    #22 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago
  25. SpacemanSpliffz

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

    #25 7 months ago
  26. SCABofSCABS

    The lack of reading comprehension in here is SO SAD!

    #26 7 months ago

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