Steam Was Down… Was It Attacked?


Valve’s Steam service was down for about 2.5 hours today. That means you weren’t playing any games, or buying anything using the service. The timing sucked for Steam as this happened at the start of their Winter Sale. Plus they’ve also started voting on the Steam Awards.

Predictably, people took to Twitter to express their views:

But at 1:40 PM EST, it came back up. Thus you can go back to pwning your competition over the holidays. Though there are rumors that Steam was attacked as per these Tweets from a hacker who goes by the name Cripthepoodle, who claimed to be once part of the PoodleCorp hacker group as well as tweet from the Phantom Squad hacker group. Both have apparently threatened wide spread DDoS attacks over the holidays aimed at Steam, Xbox Network and PlayStation Network:


In case you’re wondering why the last Tweet is a screen grab, it’s because Phantom Squad’s Twitter feed has been suspended by Twitter.

Now this sort of thing isn’t new. Lizard Squad did it in 2014 and  brought Xbox Network and PlayStation Network down for a week. Last year, Steam was taken down for three days or so.

I’ll be monitoring this to see if additional attacks come in the next few days.


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