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Heroes of Newerth hacker vows League of Legends attack next

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A hacker swiped player passwords and account information from Heroes of Newerth's databases yesterday, causing developer S2 Games to issue a notice (opens in new tab) to change any multi-use passwords potentially associated with a player's account. The hacker, apparently, is just getting started. Spotted by PCGamesN (opens in new tab) , a Reddit (opens in new tab) thread seemingly created by the hacker gloated over S2's purported security holes and suggested League of Legends would be his or her next target.

"I hacked Heroes of Newerth because there's nothing as hilarious as seeing a bunch of fanboys of a game get enraged over the fact that their favorite game has been hacked," thread starter Ryan_HTP wrote (opens in new tab) . "I guess I'll do League of Legends next as this was so funny."

The hacker, who claims (opens in new tab) he or she works in Belarus as a network security engineer, called S2's security systems "pathetic" and planned a second intrusion on Christmas. As a message of frustration against S2's apparent lack of response to the attacks, several high-profile accounts, including that of prominent streamer David "Moonmeander" Tan (opens in new tab) , were broken into by the hacker.

League of Legends developer Riot Games hasn't said anything yet about the hacker threat, but make sure to change your account passwords now just in case.

Omri Petitte is a former PC Gamer associate editor and long-time freelance writer covering news and reviews. If you spot his name, it probably means you're reading about some kind of first-person shooter. Why yes, he would like to talk to you about Battlefield. Do you have a few days?