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Hackers Claim Takedown Of Battle.net, League Of Legends, EA [UPDATE]

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A group of hackers going by the name DERP has launched DDoS attacks on a number of big games and websites today, bringing a number of them down, including the homepage of Electronic Arts.

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The attacks have been focused on a single gamer - Phantoml0rd - and have been systematically trying to crash all of the games he regularly streams on his Twitch page, including World of Warcraft and League of Legends. Both of those games were brought down for a small time earlier today, as you'll see below.

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The group - or maybe it's just one guy, we're looking into it - then moved onto other targets like Club Penguin and Electronic Arts, whose website EA.com was still down at time of writing.

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We've contacted Riot, EA and Blizzard, and will update if we hear back.

UPDATE - Well, this escalated quickly. PhantomL0rd has posted a message on his Facebook page saying that police arrived at his home - called to investigate a "hostage situation" - earlier this evening.

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.

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It appears those going after the streamer's games have moved on from trying to bring down websites to "Swatting" his home.

UPDATE 2 - PhantomLord has posted a rather lengthy response to the day's events.

DERP [Twitter]

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Yawn. Congratulations, you know how to do the first thing any script kiddie learns. We're all very impressed. Just remember: Christmas break is almost over, so you'll have to find a way to keep this up remotely once you have to go back to the 8th grade.