Hackers breached Electronic Arts systems, stole source codes

Hackers breach Electronic Arts systems, steal source codes
1 year ago
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Video game developer and publisher Electronic Arts have suffered a hacking incident resulting in the loss of source codes used in the company’s popular titles alongside other related internal tools. 

In a series of online posts, the hackers claimed that they could offer the full capacity to exploit ‘all EA services.’ They further alleged that they had stolen software development tools for the company’s latest FIFA 21 game alongside FIFA 22 server code for player matchmaking. 

Notably, the stolen source codes can potentially be replicated by other developers or be deployed to create cheat codes for EA games.

The hackers said that they have access to 780GB of data from EA. Although no group has claimed responsibility, the hackers are advertising the data for sale on underground hacking platforms. 

Interestingly, the hackers demonstrated through screenshots how they breached EA systems. However, the stolen data is not available in public.

EA confirms hacking incident

An EA spokesperson confirmed the incident but clarified that the attack was not ransomware. 

“We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen,” the EA spokesperson said.

EA says that no player data is compromised and the privacy is intact. Furthermore, the company stated that security measures are already in place alongside an ongoing investigation in collaboration with security agencies. The company adds it does not expect the incident to impact its business.

EA is among the largest video games companies in the world. Its known for titles like Battlefield, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, The Sims, and Titanfall.

In November last year, Capcom, the developer behind Street Fighter and Resident Evil, was hit with a ransomware attack. The attack reportedly exposed the personal information of about 350,000 people.

Elsewhere, early this year, Cyberpunk developer CD Projekt Red also suffered another ransomware attack. The attack resulted in the loss of source code for several games.

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