A few weeks ago, EA reported that a group of alleged hackers had had access to private company data. However, he calmed gamers by mentioning that none of the stolen data belonged to his users or employees. In fact, what transpired was that what was stolen was related to its graphics engine, Frostbite.
According to the hackers, who have posted on private forums, they managed to grab 780GB of EA files. These would include developer tools, source code for games like FIFA, and even unreleased footage from The Sims. EA reported that it is already working with the FBI to resolve the matter.
Hackers ask for ransom
The negative is that hackers have moved and, according to Vice, today they posted a 1.3GB file on the forums with the following threat.
“A few weeks ago we sent an email to ask for a ransom [sic] to EA, but we don’t get any response, so we’ll post the source code. If they do not contact us or do not pay us, we will continue to publish it “
With these words Electronic Arts published a statement very similar to the one it had already published when we found out about the hack.
We are aware of recent posts from suspected hackers and are analyzing the posted files. At this time, we continue to believe that it does not contain data that raises any concerns for player privacy, and we have no reason to believe that there is any material risk to our games, our business, or our players. We continue to work with federal law enforcement officials as part of this ongoing criminal investigation.
EA once again affirms that the stolen thing does not represent a threat to its players or its services, so they would not be there for the work of negotiating with the hackers. It should be noted that in the statement they call the criminals “alleged hackers”, so they are not sure that the hackers really have anything of value or if those who post in forums are the real ones.
We will have to wait to find out how this ends, the consequences of the theft of these files are unknown, although EA continues to call for calm.