DDOS attacks against League of Legends and Dota 2 Twitch streamer end in gunpoint arrest | PCGamesN

Dragon Age: Inquisition had "by far" the most successful launch in BioWare history

H1Z1 Early Access Review

Sponsored: Six ways Alienware are rebooting the gaming laptop

League of Legends

DDOS attacks against League of Legends and Dota 2 Twitch streamer end in gunpoint arrest

Dota 2

The Derp hacking group led a prolonged DDOS campaign against a pro Twitch partner yesterday, downing servers for League of Legends and Dota 2 to prevent James ‘PhantomL0rd’ Varga from streaming. The chase ended only when prank calls to the police led to Varga’s arrest on false hostage charges.

An audibly exhausted Varga told viewers on Twitch last night that he hadn’t slept in 24 hours after multiple calls to local police led to a raid on his home. Varga claimed that he had been arrested at automatic gunpoint by over a dozen policemen, but was released shortly afterwards when it became apparent the reports had been hoaxed.

Varga had been wielding a gun himself, in Quake Live, when the ordeal began several hours earlier. He had been streaming for his regular viewers when the game’s servers ceased to function, with no apparent cause - but for one Twitter user who claimed to be behind the downtime.

A correlation began to emerge as PhantomL0rd switched to other games, including League of Legends and Dota 2, and found their servers equally unresponsive.

“Every game I was playing, it was done,” said the streamer. “I couldn’t play. So I was thinking this guy could be doing it.”

Meanwhile, a thread was pumping huge numbers of curious Redditors through to PhantomL0rd’s channel, now pushed to a new peak of 140,000 viewers. Rather than give in to the hackers, Varga decided to push on for his new audience.

“I felt like I was being held hostage,” he said. “Every game I tried to play was taken down.”

As it turned out, that was the least of Varga’s hostage worries. Soon afterwards, the Twitter hacker tweeted PhantomL0rd’s real name, and added: “The police may be coming”.

Varga says he left his house, and was first alerted to the raid by the odd behaviour of a nearby pizza delivery man - who was pointing in his direction. Following the road down a hill, Varga spotted three police cars and several officers - including one leaning against a tree, aiming an automatic weapon at him.

“You could clearly see how intense this gun is,” said Varga. “I wasn’t scared. I knew what was going on. I was aware of the full situation. I was ready to explain all of this.”

Varga was ordered to turn around and raise his hands to his head, while another officer handcuffed the streamer and led him to a nearby police car (“He didn’t give a fuck what I was saying”).

Before the car reached its destination, however, Varga was uncuffed and allowed to go.

If you're just jumping into League of Legends and want to know what champions to pick, check out our best League of Legends champions for beginners guide.

During Varga’s explanatory video, he was forced to leave his workstation to answer the door to a Domino’s driver - the sixth to be called to his house by the hacker to date.

“What can he do to me?”, a shaken PhantomL0rd said of his attacker. “He can destroy me. Honestly, if anyone decides they want to get you, they can. My information is out there. He released everything on the internet. How easy was that?”

Thanks to Venturebeat and the BBC.

Login or Register
2
+2
-0
Excessum's picture
93

That's the side effects of information age, i'm afraid. The ones who control it, have the power over the real world.

1
+1
-0
unwanted's picture
518

And people are so ready to put whatever information out there.

Try these free to play games
?

These are affiliate links - clicking them and playing the games directly supports PCGamesN

Spotlight
?

Our Spotlight units plug content our journalists have made, that our advertisers want to promote. Sometimes the promotion is paid for, but the content they go to is always independent with no client oversight or approval.


Alienware - Game VictoriousTurtle Beach
A Region Reborn - NA League of Legends Championship Series Playoffs crown TSM

League of Legends

A Region Reborn - NA League of Legends Championship Series Playoffs crown TSM

Nvidia want MOBA players to buy a GTX 960

Nvidia want MOBA players to buy a GTX 960

League of Legends LCS 2015 season begins this week, Worlds to come to Europe

League of Legends LCS 2015 season begins this week, Worlds to come to Europe

Earn enough points in League of Legends' Ocean Week, and Riot will put a statue in the sea

Earn enough points in League of Legends' Ocean Week, and Riot will put a statue in the sea

Riot: League of Legends player reporting does work, but

Riot: League of Legends player reporting does work, but "lacks direct feedback"

League of Legends

League of Legends "Nemesis Draft" live on PBE; pick champions for the enemy team

How a quadriplegic ex-wrestler reached Gold in League of Legends

League of Legends

How a quadriplegic ex-wrestler reached Gold in League of Legends

Riot's got a big solution to League of Legends server problems

Riot's got a big solution to League of Legends server problems

League of Legends players are getting a mystery gift from Riot for being on their best behaviour

League of Legends players are getting a mystery gift from Riot for being on their best behaviour

League of Legends Team Curse to stay together for 2015 - but under a different name

League of Legends Team Curse to stay together for 2015 - but under a different name

Riot has summoned League of Legends' Poro King and his furry minions

Riot has summoned League of Legends' Poro King and his furry minions

NA LCS Expansion tournament concludes this weekend

NA LCS Expansion tournament concludes this weekend

Dear Riot: please bring more League of Legends live events to the UK

League of Legends

Dear Riot: please bring more League of Legends live events to the UK

Counter Logic Gaming fined $10,000 for poaching in League of Legends LCS

Counter Logic Gaming fined $10,000 for poaching in League of Legends LCS

League of Legends patch 4.21 brings gifts for

League of Legends patch 4.21 brings gifts for "many orphaned champions" (but not Warwick)

League of Legends players suffer locked out spells; Riot pledge fix in next patch

League of Legends players suffer locked out spells; Riot pledge fix in next patch

At its peak, over 11 million people were watching the League of Legends World Championship final together

At its peak, over 11 million people were watching the League of Legends World Championship final together

League of Legends dragon champ Ao Shin

League of Legends dragon champ Ao Shin "on hold"; "We do intend to make him someday"

10 Ways We'd Fix the League of Legends Client

League of Legends

10 Ways We'd Fix the League of Legends Client

Rek'Sai is League of Legends' newest champion; she's underground, so you've probably never heard of her

Rek'Sai is League of Legends' newest champion; she's underground, so you've probably never heard of her

League of Legends patch 4.20 is all about “strategic diversity” and lasers

League of Legends patch 4.20 is all about “strategic diversity” and lasers

Why

Why "under the radar" League of Legends champion Sona needs nerfing

Riot on League of Legends toxicity: 95% of players never need to be punished

Riot on League of Legends toxicity: 95% of players never need to be punished

Riot's rewarding League of Legends players with Influence Points, but only if they've been good

Riot's rewarding League of Legends players with Influence Points, but only if they've been good