After CD Projekt Red, Electronic Arts has now also been hit: the US publisher has been the victim of a major cyber attack. This is reported by the website Motherboardwho have received confirmation of the incident from EA. According to this, unknown persons have accessed the company’s internal networks and stolen several hundred gigabytes of data.
According to the hackers, this data includes the source code for FIFA 21 and the Frostbite engine. Player data, so EA in a statement to Motherboard, are not affected by the hack.
CD Projekt Red was also confronted with a cyber attack at the beginning of the year. Cyberpunk 2077 was particularly affected:
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What was stolen?
In various hacker forums, which are usually not visible to the public, the hackers offer the huge data package with the words that “one has the complete opportunity to exploit EA services”.
According to the hackers, the hack includes, among other things:
- FIFA 21: Source code of the game and code for the matchmaking server
- FIFA 22: Various SDKs (software development kits) and debug tools
- Frostbite Engine: Source code and tools of the engine used by numerous EA games
- other developer tools and API keys
A total of 780 GB of data were stolen, which the hackers are now trying to sell at a likely high price. Apparently there is no plan to publish the data freely at this point in time.
How does EA react?
A press spokesman has partially confirmed the attack and the information about the content of the data to Motherboard:
“We are investigating a recent incident where our network was compromised and a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen.”
The publisher has already improved the security of internal networks and is working with the authorities to find the culprits. There has apparently not been an attempt at blackmail like CD Projekt Red so far.
Some parts of the community celebrated the hack and blackmail attempt by CD Projekt at the time as a “just punishment”. A view that editor-in-chief Heiko could not understand:
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In the course of this, we would like to ask you to refrain from malicious comments or even toxic statements. Whether and what effects the hack will have on FIFA and possibly other games cannot be answered at this point in time.