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Hackers breach Electronic Arts, stealing game source code and tools

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Online forum posts reviewed by CNN Business and reviewed by an independent cybersecurity expert show that on June 6, hackers claimed to have obtained 780 gigabytes of data from SHE (SHE), including the source code of Frostbite, which is the game engine that powers the FIFA video game series, Madden and Battlefield, among others.

The hackers claimed to offer “the full operational capability of all EA services.” They also claimed that they had stolen software development tools for FIFA 21 and server code to match players to FIFA 22.

Brett Callow, a cybersecurity expert and threat analyst at Emsisoft, said losing control of the source code could be a problem for EA’s business. “Theoretically, the source code could be copied by other developers or used to create hacks for games,” he said.

The players’ details were not compromised in the rape, the EA spokesman told CNN.

JBS says it paid a $ 11 million ransom after the cyberattack

“We are investigating a recent intrusion incident into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools was stolen,” the EA spokesman said. “No player data was accessed and we have no reason to believe that there is any risk to the player’s privacy. After the incident, we have already made security improvements and do not expect any impact on our games. nor in our business. We are actively working with police officers and other experts as part of this ongoing criminal investigation. “

The data breach was first reported by Vice, citing some of the same forum posts. EA spokesman confirmed to CNN Business that EA’s statement responds to the violation reported by Vice.
Non-compliance occurs as cyber attacks again draw attention, with ransomware attacks affecting the best infrastructure companies such as JBS meat packaging business USA and the Colonial Pipeline fuel distributor.

The EA violation was not a ransomware attack, the spokesman said.

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