Riot Games Attack on development environment last week was included Theft of source code for that reason league of legends When teamfight tactics Games, along with the “legacy anti-cheat platform.” The company has received a ransom demand but has said it will not pay it.
Release of source code by an attacker, either publicly or for sale, can affect cheat software that provides direct knowledge of game mechanics rather than relying on reverse engineering. Riot acknowledged that attacks stemming from “social engineering” “could cause problems down the road”, but Added Be confident that no player data or player personal information has been compromised.
“Honestly, new cheats may appear more likely once the source code is made public” Riot Posted in Reply Tweet“Since the attack, we have been working to assess the impact on anti-cheat and deploy a fix as soon as possible, if necessary.” Riot Added He said the code “contains many experimental features”, most of which are “prototypes and not guaranteed to be released.”
Vice motherboards get copy of ransom email Sent to Riot Games. According to Motherboard, the letter asks him for $10 million, offers to remove the code from the hackers’ servers, and “provide insight into how the breach occurred.” In the first email, he stated that he had a 12-hour deadline and that failure to comply would result in “the hack being exposed.”
Source code leaks are an increasingly common feature of the complex, multi-party nature of modern game development and maintenance. However, I use them much less frequently.
valve, facing Source code release for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive When team fortress 2 of 2020 said it “did not find any reason for players to be alarmed”, but counter strike Code for that statement. TF2 Community servers were temporarily shut down, but reopened when Valve followed up with a similar “no reason” statement.
The source code leak is Nothing new for Valvebut it’s worth noting TF2 had A long standing problem with automated ‘bot’ players and cheating. However, these problems existed before the source code was leaked. until today, TF2 When counter strike that is Regularly ranked among the top 10 most-played games on Steamwith hundreds of thousands of concurrent players.
CD Projekt Red hit by ransomware At the beginning of 2021, Cyberpunk 2077, gwentWhen the witcher 3, along with their underlying red engine.that code later auctioned After developers and publishers refused to pay ransom. Multiple malware tracking accounts report The auction ended after the seller wrote that he had received the offer “outside the forum”. Emsisoft Threat Analyst Brett Callow It noted that the mystery buyer could be fake or “just a way to save face after criminals failed to monetize their attacks.”
No specific cheats or exploits were found in CD Projekt Red’s source code, but apart from online deck builders, the company primarily makes single-player games. gwent, This is a fairly minor target for malware.
The most famous source code leak is Source code plagiarism by Axel Gembe half life 2Gembe Posts Code Online, Valve Director Gabe Newell wrote about itand the fact that half life 2 What was originally proposed was not ready for release when it was revealed to the world. Gembe contacted Valve asking for a job, Newell persuaded him to call, the FBI recorded the call, the rest is history.
We have reached out to Riot Games for more comment on the implications of the cheating source code leak, and will update this post if we hear back.