League of Legends developer Riot Games addresses stolen source code hack
Riot Games, the studio behind the ever popular MOBA League of Legends, has now addressed a recent hack that resulted in the game’s source code being stolen. At the end of this past week, Riot informed fans that they were dealing with a hack that was going to slow down the release of new content for both League of Legends and Teamfight tactics. And while this situation caused some concern among fans, Riot has now clarified what happened in more detail.
In a new message shared on social media today, Riot confirmed that the source code for both League of Legends and Teamfight tactics was stolen as part of a recent cyber attack. Those who perpetrated this hack have now used the code to hold Riot ransom, but the studio says it absolutely will not pay for what is being asked. In addition to this, Riot also made it clear that player data and other personal information that can be found via both lol and TFT was not exposed, meaning players of either title have nothing to worry about.
As promised, we wanted to update you on the status of last week’s cyber attack. Over the weekend, our analysis confirmed that the source code for League, TFT and an older anticheat platform was exfiltrated by the attackers.
— Riot Games (@riotgames) 24 January 2023
“Today we received a ransom email. Needless to say, we are not paying,” Riot Games said in its message on social media. “While this attack disrupted our build environment and may cause problems in the future, it is most important that we remain confident that no player data or player personal information was compromised. […] We are committed to transparency and will release a full report in the future detailing the attackers’ techniques, the areas where Riot’s security controls failed, and the steps we are taking to ensure this does not happen again.”
All in all, it’s good to hear that this hack shouldn’t end up affecting players League of Legends or Teamfight tactics. While this situation must have been frustrating for those at Riot, the fact that the studio has been so transparent with fans throughout this process is a positive sign. For now, Riot says that much of what’s happened here should be fixed by the end of the week, which will allow the “regular patch cadence” to continue as planned. After that time, new information about updates for both lol and TFT will be shared by their respective development teams.
What do you think of this story involving Riot and its recent cyber attack? And how do you think the studio has responded to this situation? Be sure to let me know either down in the comments or hit me up on Twitter at @MooreMan12.