The source codes for League of Legends, Teamfight Tactics, and Riot Games’ old anti-cheat were stolen. Though the info comes from Bloomberg quoting the studio’s message dated January 24, hackers got access to it on January 20.
Hackers Claim $10,000,000 In Exchange Of Source Code Of League of Legends
Hackers who managed to steal the source code of the MOBA game claim $10 million from Riot Gamers. The hackers have sent a random email to the studio:
“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 usermode anti-cheat. 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.”
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For evidence, the hackers also sent the studio two large PDF files. The latter proves they could access the source codes of Packman and League of Legends. The hackers also claimed that after paying the ransom, they would remove the code from their servers and “provide insight into how the breach occurred and offer advice on how to prevent future breaches.” The ransom note also added that “we do not want to damage your reputation or cause public unrest. Our motivation is financial gain.”
The studio had 12 hours to pay the hackers. Otherwise, they will make the code public. The studio shared on Twitter that they will not pay the hacker the amount of $10 million.
As for now, the studio is assessing the impact of the attack and is auditing its systems. Also, Riot Games turned to law enforcement agencies. But at the moment, we have no info on whether they could deal with the hackers or not.