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Riot Games cyberattack: Hackers steal game source codes and demand ransom

Riot games recently confirmed that the company has been hit by a cyber-attack. The US-based video game studio took to Twitter to reveal that the hack is a “social engineering attack”. The company also assured users that no player data or personal information was compromised in the security breach. Now Riot has posted a new series of tweets claiming that the source codes for some of its popular video games were also stolen in the cyberattack.
The company said that the source codes of popular video games, including “League of Legends‘ and ‘Teamfight Tactics‘ (TFT) have been stolen. Riot also said that hackers have also looted the code for one of its anti-cheat platforms. The company has assured that it will roll out an update to players after the investigation into the attack is complete.

How this ransomware attack affected Riot Games
Revolt mentioned that the hackers behind this data breach also sent a ransom email to the company which it has refused to pay. The company has not officially named the amount that hackers have demanded. However, a report from Motherboard claims that the hackers demanded $10 million from the video game publisher.

The company has also claimed that this attack has “disrupted” its “build environment” and that the data breach could cause problems in the coming days. Riot said the “exposure of the source code may increase the likelihood of new cheats popping up.” The company has assured that it has been working since the attack to assess its impact on the anti-cheat platform. Riot also said it was even “willing to implement fixes as quickly as possible if needed.”

Riot Games added that it will release a full report in the future detailing the attackers’ techniques, the areas where Riot’s security controls failed, and the steps we’re taking to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
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