Hackers are reportedly behind The Last of Us Part 2 leaks

By Sean Carey,
Last week, major plot spoilers for The Last of Us Part II were uploaded to the internet and plastered all over various social media sites. It was rumoured that the footage was leaked by a disgruntled ex-Naughty Dog employee. However, new information suggests that isn't the case, and hackers are to blame.

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In a statement given to Polygon and other outlets, Sony said that it has identified who was responsible for the leaks and said they're not associated with either Naughty Dog or Sony. The statement reads, "SIE has identified the primary individuals responsible for the unauthorized release of TLOU2 assets. They are not affiliated with Naughty Dog or SIE. We are unable to comment further because the information is subject to an on-going investigation. We're looking forward to when The Last of Us Part II will be in your hands and can't wait for you to enjoy the full experience on June 19."

According to former Kotaku editor, Jason Schreier, he believes the leak came from hackers who gained access to Naughty Dog's servers. Schreier spoke to two sources who had information about the leak and Naughty Dog employees. He goes on to say that hackers found a security vulnerability in a patch for an older Naughty Dog game and used it to access the developer's servers.

PlayStation recently announced a new release date for the much-anticipated sequel. The Last of Us Part II will now launch on June 19th.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games such as Mordhau, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Games Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score and completion percentage!