Motherboard’s report has found that hackers got into Electronic Arts (EA Sports), the publisher of Battlefield, FIFA, and The Sims, and took a cache of game source code and related internal tools. The group of hackers that stole a trove of data from Electronic Arts got into the company in part by duping an employee into providing a login key over Slack.
News of the hack was first reported by news site Vice, According to messages uncovered on hacker sites, the attackers stole 780 GB of data from the company and have full access to FIFA 21 matchmaking servers, FIFA 22 API keys, and various Microsoft Xbox and Sony software development kits. They also claim to have a lot more, such as the Frostbite source code and debugging tools, which power EA’s most popular titles like Battlefield, FIFA, and Madden.
Source code is a version of computer software that is usually easier to read and comprehend than the final version in a finished product and can be used to reverse engineer parts of it.
“You have the full power of exploiting on all EA services,” one attacker’s message stated, emphasizing that EA had hundreds of millions of registered customers worldwide, including roughly nine million FIFA users. The mails included samples of what was stolen and stated that the attackers are asking $28 million for the batch of data and access.
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What EA has to Say?
On citing some report, one of the EA Sports officials said “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 told Motherboard in a statement. “No player data was accessed, and we have no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy. Following the incident, we’ve already made security improvements and do not expect any 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.”