A BRACE OF HACKERS have laid claim to an denial of service assault on servers belonging to games on demand outfit Steam.
The denial of service attack knocked systems offline for some time, according to reports, and was claimed by the owners of two Twitter accounts, who appeared to be working together.
Those accounts, @chFtheCat and @LARCENY_, posted a number of messages during the downtime, but not much explanation about why they attacked the service. When they were finished with Steam they moved on to other targets including the Battle.net system.
It appears that there was a competition of sorts between the pair and another group called Derptrolling.
In response to a question about an attack on the EA Origins servers, chFtheCat said, "[D]erp is doing that which is why we're going after steam."
This followed an earlier message from the same account. That message read, "store.steampowered.com/ #pwned cause @Derptrolling likes steam".
Steam is back up now. but the firm has not commented and its services and downtime pages have no explanation for the lack of access that users have reported.
Its last published comments, which came towards the end of December, were about its holiday sales.
A visit to the Steam Support pages suggests that some problems are lingering. "Steam Support is currently unavailable due to high traffic," said a note there when we looked.
"We have done this to free up server resouces to allow our support represenatives to respond to existing tickets. Once traffic returns to normal levels, we will turn the support site back on for all users."
It appears that the firm might also have a consonant thief on its hands. µ