Electronic Arts hacked, FIFA 21 and Frostbite engine source code stolen

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Electronic Arts has suffered a cyberattack compromising a huge data pool including game and engine source code as well as internal development tools. The attack was confirmed by EA to Vice following a report by the website detailing a 780GB data breach.

Per the report, the attackers are advertising the stolen data in underground hacking forums looking for a buyer. While the data itself is not being distributed widely yet, the hackers are said to be sharing screenshots of snippets as proof of having the information.

The data involved in the intrusion include the source code of FIFA 21, the Frostbite Engine, (the one powering Battlefield, FIFA, Madden, Star Wars and other EA franchises) as well as proprietary frameworks and SDKs.

While confirming the breach, EA was also quick to note that player data was not accessed in the attack:

"We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen. No player data was accessed, and we have no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy. Following the incident, we’ve already made security improvements and do not expect an impact on our games or our business. We are actively working with law enforcement officials and other experts as part of this ongoing criminal investigation."

EA is not the only gaming company to suffer cyberattacks in the last year or so, as both Capcom and CD Projekt have also been targeted by hacker groups recently resulting in major data breaches.

Source: Vice

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