League of Legends’ user info hacked

Photo Courtesy of Riot Games

Photo Courtesy of Riot Games

Hackers have breached the security of Riot Games, makers of one of the most widely played online games worldwide, League of Legends.  The company notified users that their North American servers had been hacked via an email sent Wednesday.

Among the stolen information were usernames, email addresses, salted password hashes and some first and last names, according to the email sent by Marc Merrill and Brandon Beck, Riot co-founders.

The Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) is free-to-play and has avid participants from all over the world. Although the game itself is free, players can purchase the in-game currency, Riot Points. Riot Points allow users to unlock Champions and buy exclusive skins.

The email noted that in addition to the stolen sensitive personal information, the company is conducting an investigation into approximately 120,000 transaction records from 2011 that were accessed.

“We are taking appropriate action to notify and safeguard affected players,” Merrill and Beck wrote. “We will be contacting these players via the email addresses currently associated with their accounts to alert them. Our investigation is ongoing and we will take all necessary steps to protect players.”

To increase the security, players in North America will be required to change their passwords by Thursday. Additionally, new security features are underway.

Riot Games concluded with an honest apology to players.

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