In one word: Electronic Arts has reportedly been the victim of hackers who claim to have gotten away with roughly 780GB of data. As you’ve no doubt seen, security breaches are a penny a dozen these days. EA is interpreting this as relatively minor and thankfully no player data was compromised in the breach.
Motherboard was the first to report on the matter, noting that a source with access to several clandestine hacking forums alerted them. According to forum posts, the hackers said they acquired the FIFA 21 source code in addition to the code for the game’s matchmaking server. They also removed the source code and tools for the Frostbite game engine that powers franchises like Battlefield, Madden NFL, and FIFA.
Other assets collected in the heist reportedly include EA’s proprietary SDKs and frameworks.
The loot is actively for sale on various underground hacking sites, Motherboard said. It is unclear how much hackers are asking for the information.
The post reached out to EA, who confirmed that they had suffered a breach and that the information listed by the hackers was indeed compromised. The EA spokesperson response is reproduced below:
“We are investigating a recent intrusion incident on our network in which a limited amount of source code for the game and related tools was stolen. Player data was not accessed and we have no reason to believe that there is any privacy risk. After the incident, we have already made security improvements and do not expect an impact on our games or our business. We are actively working with law enforcement officials and other experts as part of this ongoing criminal investigation. “
The value of shares in Electronic Arts declined slightly on the news, but is already rebounding, trading just 0.50 percent at the time of writing.
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