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Riot games, worlds top most video game studio, behind hit titles like VALORANT, Leagues Of Legends suffered from a data breach, which was an Social engineering attack. The company revealed through Twitter that the systems in their development environment were compromised.
The Los Angeles, CA-based Riot Games is home to a team of game designers and programmers. They are famous for creating and distributing several well-known video games, including League of Legends, VALORANT, and many more. Initial operations began in 2006, and by 2011, Tencent had purchased the firm. Riot Games is known for developing and publishing popular games like League of Legends and VALORANT, but they have also released other titles including Teamfight Tactics and Legends of Runeterra. The corporation has also become well-known in the esports industry because to its League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) and World Championship.
What is Social Engineering Attack ?
The goal of a social engineering attack is to weaken the security of a target by getting them to give away confidential information or do other potentially dangerous things. This is done by using both psychological and verbal persuasion to get them to do what the attacker wants. Phishing, pretexting, baiting, and spear phishing are just a few examples of the various methods used in social engineering assaults. Rather than targeting specific software flaws, these attacks aim to take advantage of the target’s emotional state to get access to private data or systems.
Everything You Need to Know about the Breach
On Saturday, 21st, Riot Games announced through a tweet from their official Twitter handle about the data breach they suffered, in which the source code of both Leagues Of Legends and Team Fight Tactics was compromised. At the moment, the studio is looking to find the cause of the attack, while also finding the perpetrators behind it. After the attack, they got a Ransom E – mail, which they declined to pay the amount. They say that “we received a ransom email. 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.”
As the hack has seemingly affected the studio’s development environment, Riot might be delaying some of the content releases for many of its hit titles, and it has already delayed its new patch update 13.2, which was to be released earlier this week.
With all this, Riot is yet to reveal whether the personal information of the players has been compromised or not, and they will surely sort this situation out.