Valorant developer Riot Games receives ‘ransom email’ after hack
Riot Games fixes systems already underway after the mid-January hack.
Updated: 24 January 2023 at 16.09
Valorant developers Riot Games have released a statement to Twitter regarding a hack they experienced the week of January 20th. Riot Games has responded to fans and spectators to ensure that personal information remains secure and the game will only be down for a moment. Despite the assurance, they have admitted that this will affect “upcoming patch cadence across multiple games.”
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Riot Games issues Twitter statement after hack
Riot Games, developers of many well-known games such as League of Legends and Valorant were hit by an alleged “social engineering attack” that left their systems vulnerable.
According to the ongoing investigation launched on January 20, the subsequent statements on the 24th followed what was likely an uneasy period of user insecurity among fans and developers alike. Despite this, Riot Games assured fans that there was “no indication that player data or personal information was obtained.”
In the statement, Riot Games announces that after reviewing their damages over the weekend, a source code for League, TFT and an older anticheat platform was exfiltrated by the hacker(s).
They go on to say that although they have received a purported ransom email from the attackers, they will not give in to their demands, whatever they may be. No further information is known about the content of this email at this time.
Riot Games’ announcement rings with trills of confidence, but they admit the damage the attack has done, and may do more in the future regarding cheats in their games. They calculate this up to the exposure of their source code.
While they are steadfast in their belief that player and user data were not compromised, the statement shows “transparency” about some of these continuing issues. For example, now that this information from the source code has been released, they cannot be sure that any of the game modes and “experimental features” that were described will ever be released.
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The rest of the statement goes on to clarify their position regarding the involvement of law enforcement, and not only their efforts to pursue the culprits, but the preventive measures for the future of Riot Games.
As for the attack itself and how it was carried out, there will be “a full report in the future detailing the attackers’ techniques” and can hopefully shed light on those methods to other developers to prevent similar hacks.
As for what can be done at this point with the hack itself, Riot Games is trying to analyze the incident as best they can by reviewing their own internal systems to see where it went wrong.
To underline their statement, Riot Games have said that things should be operational and fixed by the end of the week, after fixes have been ongoing throughout the weekend. Updates coming soon. That’s all there is from Riot Games’ statement as of now.