League of Legends attacked again

It would appear that League of Legends, the popular MMO title from Riot Games, has been attacked again. While little information is currently available, it appears that the game has been hacked to offer 'free' Riot Points. Accepting these offers leads to the download of a keylogger to the user's computer, meaning that all keystrokes are recorded and sent to a third party. Currently, Riot Games do not seem to be acknowledging the incident, though users are growing vocal on the  about the problem, with some screencaptures having been taken and shared online.

A thread at the official forums for the game already exists, and is filled with users complaining about the issue (at the time of writing, the thread has eight pages). Three messages known to be circulating in the game involve the number of users who have fallen for the malicious link, a YouTube channel offering more services for exploiting the game, and a link to a free .tk domain. These events come only shortly after the hacking group known as LulzSec advertised their actions against the game as well, meaning that a vulnerability may have been potentially discovered and expoited repeatedly. It is advisable that users avoid any links, and if the situation worsens, the game entirely for a short period of time.

Different thoughts have been shared, as have possible explanations as to why the game has been attacked. These can be seen in the Neowin forum thread about the issue, which contains more images relating to the incident. It should go without saying, but it is highly recommended to avoid all links shown in the game from questionable sources.

Image 1 of the messages shown when playing League of Legends. This message calls players of the game 'gay'.

Image 2 of the messages shown when playing League of Legends. This message invites players to subscribe to a YouTube channel.

Image 3 of the messages shown in League of Legends. This message offers free Riot Points via a site with a free .tk domain.

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It was bound to happen. I've been playing LoL since beta, and haven't seen one glimpse of security other than a username and password...

Random target of opportunity, or junior got banned for cheating and now he's out to **** in everyone else's cereal? Either way, pinnacle of social etiquette and maturity right there, bravo.

Most of you have absolutely no concept how security and software works and yet you're hard on throwing rocks at the guys here.

Seriously. Try to doing something other than pressing the power button on your machine, starting Windows and pretending you know anything about security.

These attacks are starting to get personal..when it was twitter accounts and government sites there was no impact...but now im feelin it...and thats just uncalled for

I don't understand the attacks all over the place. Is it proof of ability or something? People aren't dying, but how is this different than terrorism?

ccoltmanm said,
I don't understand the attacks all over the place. Is it proof of ability or something? People aren't dying, but how is this different than terrorism?

It's because corporations and government organizations are too lazy to update their systems in a timely manner. Taking "months" to test a security update before pushing it to your systems is unacceptable in today's world, and this is why. I'm not saying I agree with the hackers, on the contrary I think that things like this that aren't done in protest of some political decision are just wrong and might as well be seen as stealing, and punished as such. But maybe with all these attacks going on people will start to realize how important it is to patch their systems and practice good cyber security when they hold the personal information of thousands or millions of people who use their resources....SONY!

De.Bug said,
****ing *****es, the one thing I actually like that they attacked. Attack something else.

So it's all ok when they hit something you don't like?

You are a pillar of ethical standards sir.

De.Bug said,
****ing *****es, the one thing I actually like that they attacked. Attack something else.

Minecraft logo, you didn't notice that being down?

De.Bug said,
****ing *****es, the one thing I actually like that they attacked. Attack something else.
Pornhub? You wouldn't like that either, would you?