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Hackers attack Electronic Arts and gain access to FIFA and Battlefield 2042 code

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Security in large companies is increasing, but that’s not why hackers can’t access confidential company information. And this year has been big. Earlier this year, it was Facebook that saw its servers accessed by hackers, and a short time later it was LinkedIn’s turn to suffer similar consequences. A short time later, it was ClubHouse’s turn, even before it was available on Android.

Now it was the turn of another big company. O motherboard reported that Electronic Arts was the victim of hackers, who stole the FIFA 21 source code, the Frostbite engine (which is behind not only EA’s football series, but Battlefield as well) and other game development tools.

Hackers are announcing that data is for sale on hacker forums, but that they will only consider offers from top members of the hacker community.

Source code is big business in programming, so it’s big business when companies lose control over it, and the gaming industry has seen some huge thefts recently: hackers stole the source code for the Projekt Red CD for Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 in February and In In July 2020, Nintendo saw the source code for many SNES and Nintendo 64 games, including Super Mario Kart and an all-new Zelda game, released to the world in what was dubbed the “Nintendo Gigaleak” .

Hackers attack Electronic Arts and gain access to FIFA and

While other reputable programmers are unlikely to use EA code on purpose, hackers being able to see the inner workings of a game or engine can help them create cheats – it can also reveal secret projects and game ideas, or comments of programmers that companies would rather not see the light of day. Furthermore, these security flaws are also not very good for a company’s reputation.

In addition to EA’s proprietary code and tools, hackers claim they also have Microsoft Xbox and Sony API keys and SDKs available for sale. Here is an image taken by BleepingComputer which claims hackers have a total of 780GB of stolen data:

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Electronic Arts has already confirmed that hackers stole “a limited amount of game source code and related tools”, however they ensured that access did not jeopardize any player data.

EA stated that the company has improved its security after the hack and does not expect an impact on its games or business. EA made it clear that, unlike the recent string of cybersecurity incidents we’ve seen, this was not a ransomware attack and that they are working to investigate the incident.

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