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League of Legends Source Code Stolen, Riot Games Receives Ransom Email

Riot Games recently revealed via its official Twitter account that the source codes which includes some “experimental features” for two of its games, League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics have been stolen and that the company has received a ransom demand. The theft was reportedly made via a social engineering attack, and will temporarily affect Riot’s ability to release new content. The company states that it believes things will be repaired later in the week, and that “The League and TFT teams will update you soon on what this means for each game.”

The company’s recently released full statement via Twitter can be seen below:

“Today, we received a ransom email. Needless to say, we won’t pay. While this attack disrupted our build environment and could cause issues in the future, most importantly we remain confident that no player data or player personal information was compromised.

Truthfully, any exposure of source code can increase the likelihood of new cheats emerging. Since the attack, we’ve been working to assess its impact on anticheat and to be prepared to deploy fixes as quickly as possible if needed.

The illegally obtained source code also includes a number of experimental features. While we hope some of these game modes and other changes eventually make it out to players, most of this content is in prototype and there’s no guarantee it will ever be released.

We’re 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’re taking to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

We’ve made a lot of progress since last week and we believe we’ll have things repaired later in the week, which will allow us to remain on our regular patch cadence going forward. The League and TFT teams will update you soon on what this means for each game.”

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