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League of Legends hacked

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Riot recently announced that they were the latest victims in a string of hacking attacks on gaming developers and publishers. Approximately 120 000 records were obtained, including credit card details!

In a blog post, Riot confirmed:

What we know: usernames, email addresses, salted password hashes, and some first and last names were accessed. This means that the password files are unreadable, but players with easily guessable passwords are vulnerable to account theft.

Additionally, we are investigating that approximately 120,000 transaction records from 2011 that contained hashed and salted credit card numbers have been accessed. The payment system involved with these records hasn’t been used since July of 2011, and this type of payment card information hasn’t been collected in any Riot systems since then.

Only those in North America were affected by the hack, but it certainly highlights the security weaknesses. It’s always a bit nerve-wracking to give credit card details, but even more so when you know that there are all these attacks! Good thing I only buy things from Riot using airtime.

Riot has now enhanced their password requirements, so don’t be surprised if you need to change your password when you login. But at least follow common sense practices – check that websites are indeed the correct ones when logging in, be careful of emails with strange attachments, etc. People will phish for anything these days!

Last Updated: August 22, 2013


  1. Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs

    August 22, 2013 at 10:36

    That’s what you get for plaing MOBA’s


    Disclaimer: This is a joke. I hope no one got financially damaged by this


  2. Otto_ki

    August 22, 2013 at 10:39

    I can already see the LOL community raging about this, they definitely are a scary bunch that don’t play games for “fun”.


    • Hammersteyn

      August 22, 2013 at 10:42

      Isn’t that Dota players?


      • Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs

        August 22, 2013 at 10:43

        Hahaha. Dispite all their rage, they are still just a rat in a cage


        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          August 22, 2013 at 10:48

          Smashing Pumpkins reference, knap gedaan!


          • Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs

            August 22, 2013 at 10:50

            Ek hou van gemoerde pampoene

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            August 22, 2013 at 10:57

            Smaak them stukkend ekse πŸ˜€

      • Rock789

        August 22, 2013 at 11:14

        Preach it, brother! πŸ˜‰


    • Theo Steenekamp

      August 22, 2013 at 10:45

      They rage about everything anyway so…


    • Kyrelimit

      August 22, 2013 at 15:54

      I think the whole MOBA genre seems to attract the mentally disturbed gaming crowd –
      Even more so than the usual “kill and sleep with everything GTA / download “woohoo with family ” mod for sims” gamers.

      Its almost like gaming karmic justice – Would lol hard if it was one of those “OMFGNOOBS” that did it.

      Nevertheless, hope no one here got caught.


      • Sargon

        August 22, 2013 at 16:04

        I always thought the FPS genre gamers were all just reliving their previous nights fantasy Columbine dreams. Strategy gamers are generally just narcissists who missed out on being Caesar in a previous life and now manage their angsty with repetitive mouse button bashing. Fantasy games are for the kids who could just never grow up. Those interested in Flight (and/or Train etc) Simulators? They’re just in it for the terrorism practice.

        If this seems a tad zealous (or ridiculous) it is because it’s meant to be. In other words. I don’t agree with you. πŸ™‚

        While I’m not a fan of MOBAs, I’ve recently tried my hand at DOTA. And there are a lot of regularly normal and fully functioning cerebral cortexes trying to gank you in the most pleasant fashion possible (even with the occasional “better luck next time” or general advice on what you did wrong and how you can improve). In other words.. normal people. No one deserves to be hacked, ever.


  3. Hammersteyn

    August 22, 2013 at 10:43

    Hope they nip it in the bud quick!


  4. Wyzak

    August 22, 2013 at 11:11

    If they hadn’t used that credit card system since 2011, why was it still online and why did they insist on keeping the data?


    • Dean

      August 22, 2013 at 11:25

      Audit requirements. By law you need at least 5 years of transactions on hand incase someone comes knocking.
      In some industries they need to keep even more records.


      • Wyzak

        August 22, 2013 at 11:32

        You don’t need to keep the credit card details to keep record of transactions. If only the receipts leaked out it wouldn’t have been such a big deal, but now the actual credit card info leaked out which can be used to make fraudulent purchases.


  5. Rock789

    August 22, 2013 at 11:14

    Me thinks alot of hackers are about to experience slow, painful deaths… The LOL crowd is not known for their leniency towards the ‘riff-raff’…



    August 22, 2013 at 11:29

    You won’t never has this problem in COD


  7. Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

    August 22, 2013 at 11:32


  8. RinceThisandFINALLYlvUP!

    September 5, 2013 at 08:50

    I know the feeling. I logged into this website to buy a Tshirt once, a blue one with these little pacman things chasing each other, only to find out that it was run by some one-eyed Russian maffiosa. Who knew?


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