The American video game publisher was the victim of a major data theft.
The American publisher Electronic Arts (EA) acknowledged Thursday that hackers have managed to steal the source code of certain titles in its catalog of video games, including the famous Fifa 2021. On the other hand, no personal data of players has been stolen, he assures, the cyberattack will have no consequences for them.
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Revealed by the Motherboard site, the hack allowed attackers to get their hands on several source codes, including that of the famous FIFA 21 football game and those of internal tools such as the Frostbite Engine, which runs several titles of EA, including Battlefield. A source code is a text written in a programming language allowing the execution of a computer program. It can be of great value to developers who want to copy it, or to those who would like to develop ways to cheat. In total, 780 GB of data was stolen, and put up for sale on various hacking forums.
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“We are investigating a recent incident related to an intrusion on our networks and the theft of a limited amount of source code for games and associated tools”, confirmed to AFP a spokesperson for EA. “No player data has been stolen and we have no reason to believe that there is any risk to the protection of player privacy.”, wanted to reassure this spokesperson. “Following this incident, we have already improved our security and we do not expect there to be any impact on our games or our business.” EA clarified “Actively collaborate with the police and other experts in the context of this ongoing criminal investigation”.
The hackers also shared on the forums a small selection of screenshots purporting to demonstrate their access to EA’s data.
This attack is added to the long list of hacks against large companies in the United States. It takes place above all a few days before the famous international video game fair E3 in which EA must participate. The event, which will take place entirely online this year, kicks off Saturday.
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