Cyber criminals hacked and stolen large amounts of data and code from Electronic Arts, the leading gaming publisher responsible for its production The Sims, Battlefield, and a number of other classic games.
“We are investigating a recent intrusion into our network that resulted in theft of a limited amount of game source code and related tools.” said an EA spokesman in a statement to Gizmodo. “No player data has been accessed and we have no reason to believe that there is a risk to player privacy. After the incident, we have already made security improvements and do not expect any impact on our games or our business. We are actively working with law enforcement agencies and other experts on this ongoing criminal investigation. ”
When the incident actually occurred, the company did not announce.
A security expert shared a link with Gizmodo into the dark webWebsite where cyber criminals appear to be selling EA’s digital goods. According to the hackers, the cache is around 780 GB of data and contains the full source code for the soccer game FIFA 21and source code for the company’s FrostBite game engine – a core piece of software required for EA’s games to run properly.
First reported by motherboard, the attack is one of several recent cyber incidents involving gambling companies. In November, the Japanese company Capcom suffered a breakpotentially compromising the data of hundreds of thousands of current and former employees and contractors. More recently, CD Projekt Red was hackedresulting in the theft of source code for some of the company’s biggest games – including Cyberpunk 2077 and The witcher.
As with many other cyberattacks, the motive here is financial: Selling this type of proprietary information on the dark web can make you big money. Anyone who hacked EA apparently only wants offers from large, reputable buyers. Motherboard reports that the hackers wrote in a dark web post, “Just serious and rep [reputation] Members would all be ignored. ”