Steam servers DDoSed and taken down by Phantom Squad hacker group, gamers left in lurch during busy Christmas weekend

If you are a gamer, we told you earlier to watch out for this group of hackers who have promised havoc during the oncoming Christmas holidays. Right now they are showing a trailer of what they can achieve. Yes, we are talking about Phantom Squad who have promised to bring down Steam, Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox down during the week starting today.

And they seemed to have started with Steam today.

for your near and dear ones

The DDoS attack mounted by PhantomNations on Steam servers is so severe that almost all regional gaming servers are down and the report now shows as 0.00 % online. It is worthwhile to remember that Steam operates about 17 regional servers including  3 for US, 4 for Europe and Australia, India, Brazil, Japan etc.  All Steam activities including the Steam community and the Steam Store are down so you cannot buy Steam games as Christmas gifts for your near and dear ones.

Steam servers DDoSed by Phantom Squad hacker group, gamers left in lurch during busy Christmas weekend

Phantom Squad seems to be playing with thousands of Steam gamers as of now as is explained with this tweet:

The blame for the Steam outage lies solely on Steam developers as the Phantom Squad had warned of such attacks during the busy Christmas season. Even now, Microsoft and Sony should fix their DDoS countermeasures as their Xbox Network and PlayStation Network are likely to be the next targets for Phantom Squad.

DDoSing the gaming servers during the busy Christmas holidays is not new. Lizard Squad did it in 2014 and virtually brought Xbox Network and PlayStation Network to a standstill for a whole week. Last year, PSN and Xbox escaped the ire of hackers but Steam was down for nearly 3 days. This year, Phantom Squad had given an early warning about their intent and even now they are taunting the Steam developers.

Right now most tech websites are linking the Steam outage to the rush due to Steam’s Winter Sale which went live yesterday but we can confirm that this is a mega-DDoS attack on Steam servers.

This is a developing story and we will get you full info about the Phantom Squad’s DDoS attack on Steam servers as it is happening. Sadly for Steam gamers, the attacks on the Steam servers seems to be increasing with passing time and it doesn’t look like they will be having a good Christmas!

Update: Most of the Steam services are back up now


  1. Many have claimed to be behind the DDoS attack, but without proof there is no way of saying what really happened unless Steam tells us. From the looks of it the only evidence that you’ve provided on this page is twitter were people can make anything up just to gain popularity. Provide a better source than twitter and you might be a more reliable source of information.

  2. “but we can confirm that this is a mega-DDoS attack on Steam servers.”

    How can you be sure? Is it just based on some tweets of one source?

    • I gotta agree here. Not like once steam went down some assholes couldn’t have claimed it after then. I means seriously. I could go on twitter, say something random, and then when steam goes down or something, I could tweet that I did it. Now, am I that stupid? No, because I refuse to go to federal prison for something as stupid as this.

      Also, why give these idiots ANY credit?! Seriously, give them credit they will do it again. Don’t even say ANYTHING about who did what… It’s stupid. These kids want attention and you just gave it to them. Well done on being another one of the braindead techworm giving them credit. Also, NO where have I seen Valve make a statement that steam was down because of a DDos attack. Sooo, Only one source and you are 100% this was a DDos attack? Yea ok! Glad you can read minds, better yet, glad to know you were apart of that attack then.

  3. “The blame for the Steam outage lies solely on Steam developers”

    “Your honor, I warned the man I was going to steal his wallet over a week in advance! Surely it is his fault, not mine!

    • Why else would servers go down on one of their biggest days for sales? They aren’t gonna be doing maintenance and probably aren’t down from the amount of purchases

    • Are you stupid? With your kind of an argument we can say that there’s no proof that ISIS is behind the recent terrorism attacks despite them claiming responsibility.

    • There is not zero evidence. Valve is not full of incompetent morons that can’t run their servers during high volume internet traffic during their sales, and this sale is not really that great compared to previous ones. Evidence you say? Sure no physical evidence, but how likely it is that everything steam had a 100% failure around the same time. You could not visit ANY official steam website, could not log in online to steam, could not play any multiplayer that relies on steam connections. So sure, to simply believe a tweet is dumb, but given the scale and severity of what occurred, its not really far fetched. Also, what rock are you living under to not realize that this has become a yearly issue.

  4. Hey Guys,

    PhantomSquad Tweet-Account is now locked, we´re working hard with the public authorities to get these clowns.

    Its nothing Special just a huge amount of requests.

    Our Service will be back in about 15min.

  5. …….but we can confirm that this is a mega-DDoS attack on Steam servers.

    You havnt confirmed anything?
    Proof Its not the steam sales that brought it down, A few tweets from a random account is not “confirmed”

  6. ”The blame for the Steam outage lies solely on Steam developers as the Phantom Squad had warned of such attacks during the busy Christmas season.” Great, so I can threaten to murder you and if I succeed the blame rests solely on you because you failed to prevent it?

    Logic so good it’ll make your head spin.

  7. So its a bunch of pasty faced 12 year olds doing it. Like always. Instead of giving it cool names like mega ddos attack. Call it frustrated virgin attack. It’s the truth. And might stop them thinking they are cool.

  8. Their twitter feed sounds like it was written by an edgy middle schooler who would probably take credit for shooting up a school if it gained them followers. I don’t know how anyone is taking these bitter babies seriously.

  9. “blame for the Steam outage lies solely on Steam developers”? Are you dense? Do you know how a DDOS attack works? Blame lies solely on those doing the DDOS.

  10. Ooh DDoS so L33t!!!
    Do something more constructive like HACK ISIS websites or bank account.

    Stopping John and Jane Doe from playing Overwatch is bush league.
    But hey what do I know, you are all to edgy for me.

  11. Hackers broke into the DNC, Hillary’s boring emails, and damaged our election but not one of them bothered to expose Donald Trump, or ANY of the Wallstreet thugs who hold this country hostage. I say hackers can seriously f off. I will help to put them in jail as long as I live- they are worthless.

  12. “The blame for the Steam outage lies solely on Steam developers as the Phantom Squad had warned of such attacks during the busy Christmas season. ”

    You lost me right there. Victim blaming? Stay classy random internet blog.

  13. Keep it up, I would like to say about this burglary was awesome I liked hope Gabin dies from this fat bastard. And as for you, you group Phantom Squad you for DDoS all servers in general you are the best of the best

  14. What the media can’t seem to get their head around, including Woodruff, is that Trump won because he is giving voice to what middle Americans have known for a long time.

    • What you can’t seem to get your head around is that Trump actually lost the popular vote, therefore MORE people wanted him for president by over 2.8 MILLION! So, no he did not give middle Americans a voice, he is a higher American and doesn’t care about you at all.

  15. Do any of you know hiw a ddos attack is done. You think its easy for a server cluster to just flick on a ddos begone switch. Fucking mooks. Blocking random ip connections blocks its users…
    I just give up on reading null comments for 2017 & prey people learn a little more than nothing.
    And you tech reporters, they are right, stop giving script kiddies bragging rights


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