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League of Legends accounts hacked

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League of Legends – one of the more popular Defense of the Ancients clone MOBA games -  has apparently had a bit of a security breach to its European servers.

Developer Riot Games let everybody know via an update on its site  – saying that it would like to "sincerely and personally apologize” for the information theft.

"Keeping player information secure is very important to Riot. That’s why we’re sorry to share that hackers accessed some player account information."

Affecting EU West and EU Nordic & East databases, the hack’s left some pretty sensitive information in the wild.  Said data includes email addresses, encrypted account passwords, summoner names, dates of birth, and for some player,  first and last names. In addition some users’ encrypted security questions and answers have been stolen as well – making them ripe for cracking and identity theft.

Riot Games has confirmed that no payment or billing information was accessed – but still stresses that users change their passwords.

"Even though we store passwords in encrypted form only, our security investigation determined that more than half of the passwords were simple enough to be at risk of easy cracking."

Good thing it was League of Legends and not Heroes of Newerth that was hacked. with that communities acerbic nature, the earth would probably be one fire by now.

Last Updated: June 12, 2012

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