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League of Legends company blackmailed for hacked source code


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Picture: Riot Games

On Tuesday, Riot Games notice that the source code for both League of Legends and Team Battle Tactics was stolen and it won’t pay the ransom the hacker asks to get it back. This is the latest in a series of data breaches at major game companies and means that both games could become increasingly vulnerable to cheaters in the coming months.

“Over the weekend, our analysis confirmed that the source code for League of Legends, TFT, and a legacy anti-cheat platform was stolen by attackers,” said Riot Games. tweeted. “Today, we received a ransom email. Needless to say, we will not pay.”

Riot Games revealed last weekend that its systems were “compromised” by a social engineering attack. While no player data or personal information was taken away, the company said the attack would slow the release of upcoming patches for some of its games.

As of today, the company has not confirmed the exact methods that the alleged attackers used to steal the source code of one of the most popular multiplayer games in the world, although “Social engineering” could indicate that an employee has unknowingly provided login information to a stranger through a phishing scheme on another platform.

This is how a hacker drained hundreds of millions in crypto currency from NFT game Infinity Axie last year. The recent Rockstar Games hack resulted in unprecedented leak developing Grand Theft Auto VI The documents are also rumored to have appeared in a similar way, with the alleged hacker can infiltrate the company through a Slack login. Regardless of the method, ransom hacks are clearly on the rise. Electronic 2077 producer CD Projekt Redand Elen’s ring Bandai Namco Publishing Housejust a few of the other big name game companies that have been hacked in recent years.

A Riot Games spokesperson declined to comment further, but said the company would publish a full retrospective of the breach in the future, including attack vector” used by hackers.

“Since the attack, we have been working to assess its impact on anticheat and are ready to deploy fixes as quickly as possible if needed,” Riot Games continued in today’s tweet thread. But the company revealed that the stolen builds also contained secret experimental new features for League of Legends and Team Battle Tacticsmaking them more likely to leak before any official announcement.

“While we expect some of these game modes and other changes to eventually reach players, most of this content is in prototype form and there is no guarantee it will ever be released, ‘ wrote Riot Games.

The company also said it is currently working with law enforcement on the investigation of the hack, and it expects its systems to be fully restored by the end of the week, by which time game updates will be available. can start working again as normal. Riot Games was one of a number of game and technology companies to cut jobs last week, laying off nearly 50 employees.

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