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EA servers hacked as attackers steal source code for FIFA 21, Battlefield and other games

Hackers also stole proprietary EA frameworks and software development kits (SDKs).

UPDATED: June 11, 2021 16:40 IST

Electronic Arts the gaming giant known for hits like FIFA, Battlefield and The Sims has been the latest victim of data theft. Hackers broke into EA servers recently to steal several game source codes and related internal tools.

New reports indicate that through the cyberattack, hackers were able to steal a total of 780GB of data from EA servers. The data has now been put up for sale in various underground hacking forum posts.

EA has confirmed the data theft in a recent statement. It stated that it had indeed suffered a data breach and that the information listed by the hackers on the hacking forums is in fact the stolen data.

A report by Motherboard quotes EA, stating that the renowned game developer is investigating a recent “incident of intrusion” into its network. It confirms that the hackers were able to steal “a limited amount of game source code and related tools.”

EA, however, clarifies that no player data was accessed or stolen by the hackers and that there is “no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy.” EA has already made the necessary security improvements following the incident and does not expect any impact on the games or the business.

Following the attack, the hackers claimed to have taken the source code, as well as code for the matchmaking server for FIFA 21 in the forum posts. They also claimed to have obtained source code and tools for the Frostbite engine that powers several EA games including Battlefield.

In addition, hackers were also able to steal proprietary EA frameworks and software development kits (SDKs). EA’s codes to make game development easier and streamlined were also stolen.

The information is now available on closed group hacker forums. In order to show the authenticity of their spoils, the hackers shared some screenshots of the stolen EA data on these forums. None of the internal data, however, was revealed publicly. It is clear that the hackers are instead trying to sell the data online.

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