Cybersecurity, data breach, EA Data Breach, BBC report, VICE report

Electronic Arts (EA), the publisher of popular gaming titles like Battlefield, FIFA 21, etc., has revealed that hackers have stolen some of its valuable data. The hacked data includes the game source code and related tools. EA claims that no player data was lost during the breach.

The publisher is investigating the breach and is in touch with law enforcement authorities for the same. We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen,” an EA spokesperson said in a statement. It further claims that no player data was accessed and there is “no reason to believe” any risk to player privacy.

EA further stated that it did not expect any impact on its games or business. However, the company had already improved the security prior to the attack. The “network intrusion” was not a ransomware attack and had happened recently, according to a BBC report, citing EA.

A VICE report separately reveals details posted by the hackers on a forum. “You have full capability of exploiting on all EA services,” hackers posted. The report further claims to have screenshots of the messages, some of which are locked from the public view. 

Hackers claim that they have the source code for FIFA 21, as well as code for its matchmaking server. They also claim to have access to source code and tools for the Frostbite engine, which powers a number of EA games including Battlefield. Other stolen information includes proprietary EA frameworks and software development kits (SDKs). The stolen data amounts to a total of 780GB in size. Hackers are advertising the EA stolen data for sale in various underground hacking forum posts, the report further added.


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