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DERP Hacker Group ‘Unintentionally’ Takes Down PSN, DCUO, After Targeting PlanetSide 2

January 1, 2014 Written by Sebastian Moss


Oh boy. The incredibly pointless hacker group known as DERP, who have targeted a host of gaming servers, has apparently taken down the PSN for many.

While the PlayStation Network has struggled all holiday season, that was because of the large influx of new PS4 gamers. However, today, it’s down to something far more sinister.

We’re currently being inundated with reports of the PSN being down, so it’s hard to judge just how widespread the problem is. DERP has taken responsibility for the downtime, just after attacking PlanetSide 2 and Sony servers, with the group saying:

#PSN #DCUO #Offline by unintentional means. IT WAS ONLY SUPPOSED TO BE PLANETSIDE 2

As well as saying it wasn’t part of their plan. And:

Well our plan was for small targets today… who the hell requested planetside 2?

Of course, the group could be lying and jumping on the back of unrelated downtime, or they could be lying that it as unintentional. We’ll try to keep you up to date with the story as it develops.

It should also be noted that the downtime currently seems to be similar to Anonymous’ DDoS of the PSN, rather than an actual hack that puts your data at risk.

Update: The PSN is currently back, or at least not suffering from a DDoS attack, so if it doesn’t work for you, it’s likely that’s just Sony being Sony.

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