Riot Games Hacking Incident

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Riot Games has stated that it would not pay the $10 million ransom sought by the thieves of the League of Legends source code who broke into the system last week.

“Today, we received a ransom email. Needless to say, we won’t pay,” the video game publisher and developer said on Tuesday.

“While this attack disrupted our build environment and could cause issues in the future, most importantly we remain confident that no player data or player personal information was compromised.”

The source code for the Teamfight Tactics (TFT) auto battler game, a legacy anti-cheat framework, and the League of Legends (LoL) multiplayer online battle arena were all taken by the threat actors when they were inside Riot Games’ computer systems.

The LoL and TFT teams are examining whether any fixes are required to thwart such nefarious attempts and how to cheat makers might utilize the stolen data to create new tools.

According to the game creator, the game source code obtained during the security breach also includes other elements that are now in the development stage but may never be released.

“While we hope some of these game modes and other changes eventually make it out to players, most of this content is in prototype and there’s no guarantee it will ever be released,” Riot Games said.

A detailed report on how its development environment was compromised and the steps taken to prevent this from happening again will be made public, according to Riot Games, which stated that it is working with law enforcement and other consultants to examine the incident.

When the hack was revealed last week, the game publisher also stated that it had a direct influence on the ability of its teams to release game patches, with some of them perhaps being delayed as a result.

“While our teams are working hard on a fix, we expect this to impact our upcoming patch cadence across multiple games,” Riot Games said.

However, they “could only have to transfer things that can’t be hotfixed (e.g. art changes) to a later date in place,” according to Andrei van Roon, the head of League Studio, who also chimed in. Nothing on the release plan for LoL’s Patch 13.2 will be scrapped, he added.

$10 million ransom

According to a report from Motherboard, who obtained the ransom note sent to Riot Games, the hackers asked for $10 million not to leak the stolen source code and delete it from their servers.

“We have obtained your valuable data, including the precious anti-cheat source code and the entire game code for League of Legends and its tools, as well as Packman, your user mode anti-cheat,” the ransom note reads.

“We understand the significance of these artifacts and the impact their release to the public would have on your major titles, Valorant and League of Legends. In light of this, we are making a small request for an exchange of $10,000,000.

“In return, we will immediately remove all source code from our servers and guarantee that the files will never be released to the public. We will also provide insight into how the breach occurred and offer advice on preventing future breaches.”


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