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Electronic Arts and Steam Servers Hit by DDoS Attacks

The digital gaming service Steam was down for over an hour on Friday after being targeted for a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. Two different groups or people claimed responsibility for attacks on Electronic Arts' login servers and Steam through DDoS attacks.

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 was apparently unrelated to a parallel set of attacks, co-ordinated by a group calling itself DerpTrolling, against EA's Origin online gaming service. Origin was sporidically offline for a period of almost 24 hours.

DerpTrolling had previously brought down the servers for Dota 2 and League of Legends, two popular "multiplayer online battle arena games". Those actions sparked criticism of popular Twitch streamer James Varga, who was accused of egging on the hackers.

DERP takes no responsibility for the attack on Steam. An individual on Twitter named chFtheCat claimed it and another Twitter account named Larceny_ worked together to take Steam offline. 

The two later claimed they were attacking Battle.net. The two users targeted Steam because DERP targeted Origin, chFtheCat said. The attack on Steam coincides with the final day of Steam's Winter Sale. 

Valve has not responded to the attacks on Facebook, Twitter, or Steam support forums. The digital distribution service appears to be functioning without interruptions now as does Steam Community, which was previously unstable.

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