Steam and other online gaming services hit by DDoS attacks [Update]

Hacker groups are targeting a number of popular online gaming services in the new year with a series of denial of service attacks that have caused connection problems for gamers. The latest of these services to be hit is Valve's Steam; its website and other features are currently down as of this writing.

The source of the attacks on Valve's service is being credited to two hackers who announced their involvement on Twitter today. So far, Valve has yet to comment on the Steam downtime. The attacks came just before Steam's annual holiday sale was about to be completed today. Update: Steam seems to be back online.

The Steam DDoS attacks are just the latest in a string of similar incidents this week. A hacker group that calls itself DERP has claimed responsibility for shutting down Blizzard's Battle.net and Riot Games' League of Legends for brief periods. On Thursday, the same group posted on Twitter that it went after the Origin service run by Electronic Arts.  Ironically, DERP seems to hint that their attacks are in the name of Valve's founder Gabe Newell:

Origin's services were down for several hours on Thursday but EA's support page on Twitter says that everything has now been restored.

Source: Steam via VG247

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Its time we started being more open to the idea that some people should be forcibly euthanized and have their organs harvested for more deserving people in need.

It doesn't help that so many people still believe that an invisible perfect man in the sky thinks everyone should pay attention to him and he throws tantrums like world-wide floods and stuff...

Nik L said,
What utter cocks. I mean, they are accomplishing nothing beyond annoying the community they really are part of. But they aren't hackers - any fool can DDOS a service, and calling your group HERP? Great, we get it - you like 4Chan. Pricks!

They likely do it to get a rise out of people like you.

On a more serious note, it's good to have people willing to slam you every now and again. Keeps your team on their toes for when the attack is real. Call it a drill if you will, for when someone may really come around banging on your front door while they sneak in the back.

Mr. Hand said,
DDOS attack != hacker. "Loser script kiddie" is the correct term.

This just in: society at large redefines words. Fans of older definitions outraged. Film at 11.

"To hack" predates the digital era, you know. Your beloved "correct" definition is, itself, a repurposing of a word. So it happened again, get over it.

Mr. Hand said,
DDOS attack != hacker. "Loser script kiddie" is the correct term.

real hackers use DDOS as the first step to attack. then after disabling some services the plan their next move but I agree the term is misused.

trojan_market said,

real hackers use DDOS as the first step to attack. then after disabling some services the plan their next move but I agree the term is misused.

That traditionally would have been a cracker, whereas a hacker was someone who liked hacking together solutions to problems, hacking together projects, etc

These guys though? Script kiddies

Sraf said,

That traditionally would have been a cracker, whereas a hacker was someone who liked hacking together solutions to problems, hacking together projects, etc

These guys though? Script kiddies

It depends on where they're getting their help from. If they have a botnet doing their work, then it's most likely hackers behind the scenes. But if it's just volunteers, then it's most likely script kiddies...

Mr. Hand said,
DDOS attack != hacker. "Loser script kiddie" is the correct term.

If the DDOS it's being done by pros with real netpower, as we all have witnessed, everything goes down. And I imagine even DDOS is being improved.

I love the internet. People get so serious as to whether or not someone is deemed with the title "hacker". So protective over a useless title of a person with simply too much time on their hands.

It's just that we need a word for it. The other words on the list don't fit as well: http://thesaurus.com/browse/hacker

Modder makes you think of user add-ons for games. Tinkerer makes you think of someone unskilled. Hobbyist is not specific enough, many things can be a hobby that are not necessarily hacking. Hacker is common enough and the meaning seems to be accepted by most. What do you suggest if not that?

Geezy said,
It's just that we need a word for it. The other words on the list don't fit as well: http://thesaurus.com/browse/hacker
Hackers can run DDoS attacks themselves too. In fact if one was (which they do), they would most likely design the type of packets they're sending themselves... If they're using a botnet, it can be coordinated and there can be different targets for different groups of computers. That takes programming skill and yes, can be used to exploit weaknesses in hardware+software prevention. Not all DDoS attacks are the same and you can't categorize people who run DDoS attacks with a single word.