Electronic Arts is the new victim of a massive ransomware attack, that is, the theft of internal data for its subsequent sale or extortion. According to Vice, a hacker group has stolen more than 780 GB of data, including the FIFA 21 source code, the code for your matchmaking system, engine code Frostbite Engine and various proprietary development kits (SKDs).
An EA representative confirmed to Vice that he had suffered a security breach and the theft of “a limited amount of code from games and related tools.” They assured, yes, that no personal information of the players has been compromised, and there is no reason to fear for the privacy of its users.
The data stolen by the hackers has not been published anywhere. Instead, have been put up for sale in underground forums reviewed by Vice, many of which are not publicly accessible. The only thing they have put in are some screenshots to demonstrate that they are in possession of that data. “You will have the full ability to violate all EA services”they say on the forums.
Electronic Arts told Vice that they are making improvements to their cybersecurity, and collaborating with law enforcement authorities as part of the criminal investigation. They do not expect this to have any impact on their games or business.
Recently, another similar attack caused significant damage to another company, Capcom. On that occasion, however, the personal data of around 15,000 people were compromised (although their banking information was never done on a different platform).
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Likewise, that data leak caused la leak of numerous information related to their future games (The recently announced Resident Evil 4 VR was leaked that way.) The same does not appear to be the case here, due to the nature of the stolen data (code and software development tools) and the intention of the hackers to sell it.