Last week, Riot Games, the developer of the popular video game League of Legends, fell victim to a cyber attack. The hackers were able to obtain sensitive information, including the source code for League of Legends, Teamfight Tactics, and an older anti-cheat software called Packman.
The total amount of data stolen is estimated to be 73GB. Initially, the hackers demanded a ransom of $10 million from Riot Games, but the company refused to pay. In response, the hackers have decided to put the stolen data up for sale, with an asking price of one million dollars.
According to Twitter user PlayerIGN, the hackers initially intended to obtain the Vanguard anti-cheat code, but this part of their plan was unsuccessful.
As a result, they have decided to sell the stolen data on various online forums. However, some forum users have pointed out that the asking price is inflated and that the files are not worth more than $5,000.
The hackers argue that the files are invaluable to the creators of cheats and cheat programs, who can earn much more, given the immense popularity of League of Legends. Despite this, there have been no takers so far.
"Arka" or ArkaT's initial goal was after Riot's Vanguard anti-cheat (not stolen).
Announced that they are selling League of Legends' source code and Packman (its old anti-cheat) at a minimum of $1 million; with the latter for $500k alone. pic.twitter.com/Uf9HfYdU2a
— PlayerIGN (@PlayerIGN) January 26, 2023
In response to the hack, Riot Games has decided to temporarily stop updating its games. The developers have assured players that no personal data or other sensitive information about players was leaked as a result of the attack.
They are already working on security fixes, but have warned that due to the leak, an increase in the activity of cheaters and hackers in online games should be expected in the near future.