Late last week it was revealed by Riot Games that its development environment was “compromised via a social engineering attack”. While the company didn’t have details on what exactly was taken, if anything, at the time, it provided an update on Tuesday stating that the League of Legends source code has been stolen.
In addition to League of Legends, the code for Team Fight Tactics was also taken.
“As promised, we wanted to update you on the status of last week’s cyber attack,” the company said via Twitter. “Over the weekend, our analysis confirmed source code for League, TFT, and a legacy anticheat platform were exfiltrated by the attackers.”
While taking the code is one thing, Riot Games also revealed that the company had received a ransom demand from those who managed to steal the code.
“Today, we received a ransom email,” Riot said. “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.”
Riot went on to say that the code that was taken includes “a number of experimental features”. These features are currently in the prototyping stage with no guarantee they will ever be released to the public by the company.
What Happens Next For League of Legends?
The studio is currently working with law enforcement as the investigation into how the attack happened and who’s responsible for it continues. In the meantime, Riot says it will release a full report on the attack in the future. For now, however, it’s about fixing the problems and preventing an attack like this from happening 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 studio said. “The League and TFT teams will update you soon on what this means for each game.”
Insider Gaming has reached out to Riot Games for more information on the League of Legends source code and what it means for players. Should an update be received, the story will be updated accordingly.
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