A group of hackers going by the name "DERP" have taken down a number of online games and websites. The list includes the homepage of Electronic Arts and Battle.net.
The attacks have been centered around one single gamer known as Phantom Lord. DERP has been trying to crash all of the games streamed by him on his Twitch page. This includes titles like World of Warcraft and League of Legends, both of which were brought down for a short period of time.
Casualties of the attack included Riot Games' League of Legends servers, which took most of the damage. The hackings resulted in the NA/EU/OCE servers staying out of order for most of the day. A similar plight was suffered by the game's website and forums.
Apart from League of Legends, DERP's attacks also managed to take down the Dota 2 servers for a while, as well as Club Penguin, Battle.net, and EA.com.
DERP posted a few tweets from its account prior to each attack, giving the entire incident a dramatic effect.
"Something special planned for League of Legends :D"
"BOMBS AWAY! DESTINATION: Eastern EU League of Legends login server!
(ON SCHEDULE THIS TIME)"
After this, the group unleashed attacks on Battle.net
"TARGET ACQUIRED! http://Battle.net (US) #offline"
The group finally started talking to PhantomL0rd, the gamer in question, asking him to win the Dota 2 match that he was playing. If he failed to do so, the group threatened to take down Dota 2. The player lost the game.
"@PhantomL0rd no dota for you. #Offline"
After this, they preyed on EA's website.
"In the meantime http://EA.com #offline"
Next, DERP convinced the gamer to play Club Penguin and went on to take down that game as well.
"@ClubPenguin @PhantomL0rd Club Penguin #tangodown #offline"
The gamer, PhantomL0rd, managed to stream most parts of the series of events.
When asked what the objective behind these attacks was, DERP responded with "For the lulz". They also mentioned their distaste for money-hungry companies.
Later on Facebook, PhantomLord posted the following message: "Just had an automatic pointed at me, put in hand cuffs and sat in the back of a cop car as I watched as 6 policemen go through my whole house... will keep you all updated."
Several hours after the attack, the Dota 2 and Battle.net servers are up and running again. So is the EA website and Club Penguin. The group also managed to take down the North American World of Tanks servers down for a short while before they were fixed.