Riot Games is currently struggling with the consequences of a large-scale hacker attack. As a result, the developer of well-known games such as League of Legends and Valorant cannot release any patches for the time being.
Targeted attack on patches
Sleepless nights must be the order of the day at Riot Games at the moment. At least, this concerns the IT security department. After all, a targeted cyber attack has occurred at the successful developer studio, as the company itself has now made public. According to this, unknown persons have targeted the development environment of all things. More precisely, the area that is used for the delivery of important updates and patches is said to be affected. As a result, the studio is currently unable to deliver patches for its high-demand games League of Legends and Valorant.
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Riot Games still has many question marks
On Twitter, the developer pointed out the attack to its customers. In the same breath, however, the studio also clarified that there are still many unknowns. In the meantime, for example, it is not yet known who carried out the attack in the first place. It is also still unclear until when they will be busy with the “repair work”. However, the company behind the box office hit LoL also has a few reassuring words for its users. There is currently no indication that personal data has been affected by the attack. Riot Games also provides initial clues as to the “how” of the attack.
The attackers are said to have succeeded in gaining access by means of so-called social engineering. The attackers do not exploit a weak point in hardware or software to penetrate the system. Instead, they obtain the necessary information by deliberately manipulating employees. They then hand over passwords or other data. However, Riot Games does not yet provide further details. The company only assures that they are currently working at full speed to solve the case. As soon as further information has been compiled, they would like to pass it on directly to the customers.
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Gamers will have to do without patches for the time being
The fact that the hacking attack presumably does not affect users’ personal data may be good news. Nevertheless, the community of LoL and Valorant will suffer from the incident. After all, an update for League of Legends was actually scheduled for the end of January. Nothing will come of it for the time being, which means that users will have to do without visual innovations like brand-new skins, among other things. Riot Games wants to try to implement the innovations from version 13.2 in the upcoming version 13.3. However, this does not change anything about the waiting time.