An online group or person going by the name DERP claims to have launched a DDoS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) attack on EA’s login servers, which took its Origin service offline for several hours earlier this morning.
During the outage players were unable to access several EA games on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, mobile, and PC, including Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, The Simpsons Tapped Out, and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
The attack began at around 7 p.m. PST last night, with DERP claiming to have aimed the “Gaben Laser Beam” at the EA login servers on Twitter. DERP also attacked several other games and services earlier this week, including Dota 2, League of Legends, and Battle.net. “We’ve directed the Gaben Laser Beam™ @ the EA login servers. Origin,” the group/person wrote.
EA Support acknowledged the attack on Twitter and said that it was “working to resolve connectivity/login issues affecting various platforms/games.” At the time of writing these issues have been fixed and the login servers are now available.
— EA Support (@AskEASupport) January 3, 2014
Update: It appears as if Steam was also hit by a DDoS attack earlier today, which took its authentication server and storefront offline for around an hour. A pair of Twitter users, chFtheCat and Larceny, claimed responsibility for the attack, and have since posted that they have ended it. At the time of writing the service appears to be running without issue. Valve is yet to acknowledge that any attack took place.