Recently, hackers started bragging about their latest EA attack on private hacking forums. In the posts, the hackers stated that they used FIFA 21’s source code, the Frostbite engine’s source code and tools, proprietary EA frameworks and software development kits, and code bundles to streamline game development. This adds up to 780 GB of data that has been offered for sale on a variety of “Reputable and Representative Only” forums [reputation] Members would be ignored all others, “wrote the hackers.
After this Motherboard asked about the situationAn EA spokesperson said the company is “investigating a recent intrusion into our network in which a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen.” Fortunately, it appears that “player data was not accessed and we have no reason to believe that there is any risk to player privacy.” However, EA continues to improve security and is working with law enforcement agencies on an ongoing criminal investigation.
Interestingly, EA doesn’t offer a bug bounty program at the time of writing, and the company is hiring several various security positions. Perhaps EA will introduce a bug bounty program as additional protection so that white hat hackers can make money by helping secure EA systems. Be sure to let us know what you think of this attack in the comments below.