Twitch the latest target for DDoS attack [Update: Battle.net, League of Legends also hit]

Lizard Squad strikes again! We're keeping up with the latest round of attacks.

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Update 4: With a handful of users ceding to Lizard Squad's demands, Twitch, Battle.net, and League of Legends all appear to be up and running again. Shacknews will continue to monitor the situation and await the next chapter in this unfortunate saga.

Update 3: Lizard Squad has indicated that they will be targeting League of Legends servers in North America. Servers have since been taken down.

Update 2: It appears that the attacks are spreading, once again. Hearthstone and Diablo 3 servers are down and Blizzard is claiming to be the victims of DDoS attack. Lizard Squad has yet to take responsibility for these attacks, so they may be unrelated.

Update: Twitch is addressing the source of the attacks.

Original story: Lizard Squad is at it again. This time, they've targeted Twitch, hitting the streaming giant with a DDoS attack, with no sign that they'll bring it back up anytime soon.

As with many of their other attacks, they've claimed responsibility on their Twitter account.

Lizard Squad previously issued DDoS attacks to Battle.net, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and a slew of others. They also reported a phony bomb threat that grounded Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley's American Airlines flight. The FBI had been confirmed to be investigating, but it appears that the terror has not stopped.

Shacknews has reached out to Twitch representatives for comment.

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    August 26, 2014 5:58 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Twitch the latest target for DDoS attack.

    Lizard Squad strikes again!

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      August 26, 2014 6:01 PM

      I expect some quality updates, Ozzie! :)

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      August 26, 2014 6:02 PM

      why report on this :( the dude(s) get off on it.

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        August 26, 2014 6:03 PM

        Because this is stuff that is happening right now. As much as I can't stand to see this happening, it is news.

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          August 26, 2014 6:18 PM

          Plus it's probably a shacker

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            August 26, 2014 6:19 PM

            It's pretty horrible of me, but I am happy shack got some attention last time.

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            August 26, 2014 7:15 PM

            Makes sense... Twitch went down post Shack stream... FOLLOW THE MONEY.

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            August 26, 2014 7:17 PM

            No


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          August 26, 2014 6:30 PM

          i gotcha. well at least it was an appropriate use of DDoS!

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        August 26, 2014 7:23 PM

        so you rather twitch go down silently and have millions of customers scream wtf this service sucks

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          August 26, 2014 7:30 PM

          I don't think they're running to the shack for answers

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            August 26, 2014 7:30 PM

            im sure most twitch users follow ign or some gaming related website though

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        August 27, 2014 5:01 AM

        Because if Shacknews doesn't, then Kotaku will and unfortunately Shacknews will miss out on page hits, which keeps the lights on.

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      August 26, 2014 6:31 PM

      Yea I tried earlier and thought, must be a DDOS attack.

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      August 26, 2014 7:14 PM

      UPDATE: Hearthstone and Diablo 3 servers are down and Blizzard is claiming it's DDoS. Lizard Squad has not taken responsibility.......yet.

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      August 26, 2014 7:33 PM

      UPDATE: League of Legends down.
      https://twitter.com/LizardSquad/status/504454145584427008

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        August 26, 2014 7:36 PM

        huh. well that's a lot of feathers ruffled this evening. may they be prosecuted severely.

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      August 26, 2014 7:43 PM

      This is ridiculous.

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      August 26, 2014 7:50 PM

      look forward to seeing just how scrawny, pale and creepy the perps are.

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      August 26, 2014 7:56 PM

      I appreciate your Lizard Team updates, Admiral Ozzle!

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        August 26, 2014 7:58 PM

        i wonder...did shack get additional traffic after they mentioned the site in their twitter?

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        August 27, 2014 5:05 AM

        Agreed, good work Ozzie.

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      August 26, 2014 7:59 PM

      its a botnet attack right? they have a little app installed on lots of computers around the world and all spamming 'http requests'? to the intended servers?

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      August 26, 2014 8:00 PM

      3 days in a row i've only had an hour to play hearthstone. All 3 days it goes down when I'm playing :( This is getting pretty damn annoying.

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      August 26, 2014 8:01 PM

      twitch should be coming back up soon. the required 3 people to take the necessary selfies has been fulfilled.

      https://twitter.com/SkyWilliamsTho/status/504459306226290688/photo/1

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        August 26, 2014 8:02 PM

        Awesome! I'm sure we'll neeeeeever hear from these guys again and they totally won't come back tomorrow asking for 10 heads, am I right?

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          August 26, 2014 8:07 PM

          they are ruining the 45 minutes of game time I have tonight. :(

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            August 26, 2014 8:10 PM

            plus lots of greater rift keys used and lost.... and lots of HC characters... were suddenly silenced.

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      August 26, 2014 9:08 PM

      It's a shame CloudFlare doesn't work.

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      August 26, 2014 9:11 PM

      UPDATE: Enough people have given in to Lizard Squad's demands, so Twitch, Battle.net, and League of Legends are all up and running again. We anxiously await the next service to get taken hostage.

      #CyberTerroristsWin

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      August 26, 2014 11:36 PM

      When will the gaming drought end so we can get a reprieve from the gaming stupidity?

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      August 27, 2014 1:51 AM

      And if the FBI strikes again they all cry like the last group who got catched

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      August 27, 2014 5:05 AM

      UPDATE: Cyber terrorists have kidnapped Phil Fish and are threatening to shave his sideburns.

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        August 27, 2014 9:02 AM

        No, you've got it all wrong. Phil Fish had kidnapped himself. In fact, your username has fish in it... I'm quite suspicious sus-fish-ous.

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      August 27, 2014 5:51 AM

      what are/were their demands? twitter is blocked

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        August 27, 2014 5:52 AM

        They wanted people to draw Lizard Squad on their foreheads and send in pictures.

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          August 27, 2014 6:03 AM

          Was it just some League players or random people?

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            August 27, 2014 6:04 AM

            Anyone, as far as I'm aware, but I wasn't keeping up on it.

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              August 27, 2014 6:06 AM

              this is awesome, please tell me there is a gallery.

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              August 27, 2014 6:07 AM

              Looking up at the link Ozzie posted above, seems like the four people targeted in that tweet are all League players.

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      August 27, 2014 5:40 PM

      Unrelated but DDoS attacks are by far the worst and most destructive crime kids can do these days for gaming. Especially PC gaming.

      I admin for the most popular set of Arma 3 servers and for the past 2 days we have been getting DDoS'd continuously. Change the ip and 20 minutes later the server comes back down. We run some of the most expensive and comprehensive DDoS protection and it seems to be absolutely useless. Simultaneous attacks of 20 Gbps on four servers and there is practically nothing we can do about it.

      We figure it's either the competitor who is benefiting from our down time since their servers are packed while ours are up and down. The only other alternative is it's some irate player who was banned and wants to spoil the fun for everyone else.

      Either way, the cost to defend against a DDoS is considerably higher than the cost to initiate a DDoS which means angry kids gain the upperhand with online communities.

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