Hackers have stolen a huge amount of data from after compromising games giant EA’s servers, lifting source code and internal tools in the process. The hackers are now trying to sell the the 780GB of data through underground forums, per post viewed by Motherboard.
The hackers claim to have made off with the source code for FIFA 21 and its matchmaking server, as well as the source code and tools for the Frostbite engine which is used across a range of EA games, including the newly announced Battlefield 2042. There’s also EA frameworks and SDKs, and plenty more besides.
They are now looking for buyers for the data, which could theoretically be used by nefarious people to help develop lucrative cheats for some of EA’s biggest money-spinners. Considering how cheats are a bad enough issue for multiplayer games without source code leaks, this could have a pretty significant impact.
EA has confirmed the hack to Motherboard, corroborating the list of stolen data. However, they emphasised that player data has not been accessed.
An EA Spokesperson told Motherboard, “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.”
The EA hack is the latest in a string of high-profile attacks on video games companies in the last year. Capcom suffered a massive hack and subsequent leak last year, revealing the company’s internal plans for game releases and more, and Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red was stung by a hack in February, again seeing their source code stolen and sold, and compromising the personal information of many of their employees. For EA, the impact is already being felt as their stocks have fallen by 2% since the initial report.