Hackers stole the League of Legends source code and are now charging Riot Games for $10 million
According to Motherboard, Riot Games has been requested to pay a $10 million ransom for stolen source code during the recent cyber attack. The note was delivered to Riot’s board of directors, and it threatened to disseminate stolen material as well as reveal the depth of the breach in Riot’s system.
According to the reported email intercepted by the media source, hackers demanded $10 million or they will publicly release the valuable data collected during the operation. Riot, however, has subsequently said that it has no intention of complying with the attackers’ request.
Riot Games confirmed receiving a ransom email in the same conversation, but did not reveal the contents of the hacker’s letter. The hackers allegedly supplied proof of obtaining the important data in the letter and shared a link to a Telegram group conversation through which they recommended Riot contact.
“Dear Riot Games,
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.”
“We do not wish to harm your reputation or cause public disturbance. Our sole motivation is financial gain,”
“Failure to do so will result in the hack being made public and the extent of the breach being known to more individuals.”
In exchange for money, the attackers promised to erase all source code from their servers and ensure that the files would never be published to the public.
If the ransom was paid, the attackers also promised to give Riot further information about how they carried out the hack and tips on how to avoid future intrusions.
The communication had a deadline of 12 hours, which has now passed. More details will be revealed in the future.
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