The spokesperson for LeakedSource shared the database sample with Salted Hash and also provided some random records from the ESEA database as a proof. Salted Hash also stated that this hack was part of a ransom plan where the hacker demanded $50,000 as ransom amount and promised to remain silent if the ESEA pays the demanded sum as well as help out the association in identifying the security flaw that encouraged the hack attack. This was surprise news because when ESEA notified its players about the data breach, it didn’t mention anything about the ransom demand.
“Recently news has been made that ESEA’s user data has been leaked online. We expected something like this could happen but have not confirmed this is ESEA’s data. We notified the community on December 30th, 2016 about the possibility this could happen. The type of data and storage standards was disclosed. We have been working around the clock to further fortify security and will bring our website online shortly when that next round is complete. This possible user data leak is not connected to the current service outage.”