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News video games 26 January 2023, 14:20

author: Agnes Adamus

Riot Games Hacked; Hackers Stole Code and Demand Ransom [UPDATE]

Riot Games was attacked by hackers. As a result, the source codes of games such as League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics were stolen.

Update

We learned additional details related to the attack on Riot Games. They show that the hackers demanded $10 million for the data stolen from the company and gave it 12 hours to respond - so the time has already passed. We also learned that the email with the ransom demand was accompanied by a link to a conference on Telegram, in which - a curiosity - the criminals called themselves the same as Riot employees.

Original message (January 24)

Riot Games has been the victim of a major hacking attack. As a result, a lot of sensitive data was stolen from the company, and developers received emails with ransom demands.

According to information published by Riot (via PCGamesN), the source code of League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics and an older version of the Vanguard Anti-Cheat software were stolen. At the same time, it was announced that the company has no intention of succumbing to pressure and will not pay the ransom.

The attack itself is said to be completely harmless to users, as no user sensitive data was leaked. At the same time, it was stressed that the incident could cause an increase in the number of cheats available on the market. If this happens, the number of cheaters will also increase, which will negatively affect the company's games.

Currently, Riot's entire launcher is not working. Attempts to log into it end in failure and display a message that the servers are offline (below). This means that it is impossible to play any of the studio's productions.

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At this point it is not known when the games will start working again. How the hackers obtained the data is also unknown. However, the developers have announced that they will publish a full report on the attack.

Agnes Adamus

Agnes Adamus

On paper, a medical physicist. In reality, however, a humanist who has loved games since childhood. With this passion, she decided to try her hand at writing for a broader audience. She has been affiliated with Gamepressure since 2017. She started in the guides, now mainly writing for the newsroom, encyclopedia and marketing. Self-proclaimed specialist in free-to-play games. She loves strategy, simulators, RPGs and horror games. She also has a soft spot for online games. She has spent an immodest amount of hours in Dead by Daylight and Rainbow Six: Siege. In addition, she also enjoys watching horror movies (the worse they are, the better) and listening to music. Her greatest passion, however, is trains.

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