An online group or person going by the name DERP is currently attacking the servers of games that Twitch streamer James “Phantoml0rd” Varga tries to play, according to reports on Reddit and Phantoml0rd’s Twitch stream.
The group performed DDoS attacks on games and services like Dota 2, League of Legends, Club Penguin and Battle.net as Phantoml0rd began streaming them on his Twitch channel. The group told Phantoml0rd over Twitter that if he lost the Dota 2match he was streaming, they would attack the game’s servers; just as his team took a turn for the worst, the server he was playing on crashed.
So far, the group’s threats have been consistent with its actions, with the DERP Twitter account tweeting “EA.com #nulled” just as EA’s website became unavailable. Speaking on his Twitch stream, Phantoml0rd said he believes he was randomly targeted because he was the top streamer on Twitch at the time. The group has so far shut down every game he has streamed on his channel.
Many of the services like EA.com are still unavailable at the time of writing. We have reached out to Phantoml0rd and the affected services for comment. The stream is currently drawing more than 140,000 viewers. It’s never a good sign to see someone get targeted by hackers, hopefully the situation will be handled in a timely fashion.