Hackers breach EA, stealing game source code and tools

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Hackers breach EA to steal game code and tools. They have breached the network of gaming giant Electronic Arts (EA) and claim to have stolen roughly 750 GB of data. It should be noted that the data includes the Frostbite source code, which is the game engine that powers the FIFA, Madden, and Battlefield series of video games, among others.

Hackers breach EA – Confirm

In a statement sent to Bleeping Computer, EA confirmed the data breach in a statement saying that this “was not a ransomware attack, that a limited amount of code and related tools were stolen, and we do not expect any impact to our games or our business”. Moreover, the hackers claimed to offer “full capability of exploiting on all EA services.” Additionally, they also claimed to have stolen software development tools for FIFA 21 and server code for player matchmaking in FIFA 22. Other stolen information includes proprietary EA frameworks and software development kits (SDKs). It also include bundles of code that can make game development more streamlined. 

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Hackers breach EA – Investigation

Now, the hackers are advertising the data for sale in various underground hacking forum posts viewed by Motherboard. For instance, EA confirmed to Motherboard that it had suffered a data breach. Moreover, the stolen data was same as the information listed by the hackers.

An EA spokesperson told Motherboard in a statement- We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network. The stolen data include the limited amount of game source code and related tools. Moreover, there is no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy as no player has accessed data. We are actively working with law enforcement officials and other experts as part of this ongoing criminal investigation.

Final note

Till now it is known that hackers have used the in-game points for money laundering purposes. When asked how they gained access to EA’s network they would not provide further details.

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