Three of the largest online game platforms have fallen victim to distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks this week.
DDoS attacks involve a large number of computers connecting simultaneously to a specific system and consuming its resources such as RAM, CPU and bandwidth thus making it unavailable to legit customers.
At least EA's Origin, Valve's Steam and Blizzard's Battle.net have been confirmed as DDoS victims. A group called "DERP" claimed responsibility for the attack that prevented Origin users from logging into the service. Two different groups claimed responsibility for similar attacks against Steam and Battle.net.
None of the three companies admitted to falling victim to denial of service attacks, however EA did acknowledge that it is "working to resolve connectivity/login issues affecting various platforms/games."