Riot Games was the victim of a cyberattack that ended with the theft of the source code of League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics. We know that the attackers contacted to negotiate a ransom, but the studio turned its back on them and has now launched an investigation to find the culprits.
Thanks to a report from Vice, new details have just emerged about the attack and how the hackers contacted the developer. According to the details, the attackers asked for $10 million to put the situation behind them and not further harm Riot.
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Attackers threatened and wanted to extort money from Riot Games
Riot Games confirmed this week that it received an email from the attackers in order to start negotiations. We now know the attackers often used that message to request $10 million after threatening to release all the stolen information.
“We understand the importance of this content and the impact its release to the public would have on its core titles, VALORANT and League of Legends. In light of this, we are making a small request for an exchange of $10,000,000 USD”, reads a part of the email that has just come to light.
The attackers pressured the studio with further threats into agreeing to the deal; however, Riot did not give up. According to the details, the hackers presented the studio with several documents to verify that they had confidential information in their hands.
In exchange for the huge amount requested, the attackers promised to remove the stolen content and even help the studio with an explanation of how they managed to breach their systems. This is so that they do not suffer from a similar situation again.
“We don’t want to damage your reputation or cause public disturbance. Our only motivation is financial gain. Otherwise, the hack will become public and the extent of the breach will be known to more people.
“We also want to remind you that it would be a shame to see your company exposed publicly, especially when you pride yourself on your security measures. It is alarming to know that it can be hacked in a matter of hours by an amateur level hacker,” stated the attackers, who gave the studio 12 hours to pay.
As we told you, Riot will not. He is currently working to improve its security, find out the real scope of the attack and in an investigation together with the authorities.
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