Electronic Arts hacked; reports theft of crucial data and source code


Cybercrimes have apparently increased during the Covid-19 realm leaving various large companies vulnerable to the attack. In one such instance, a gaming behemoth- Electronic Arts (EA) has reportedly announced that its valuable information has been compromised in a recent cyberattack.

As per official sources, the attackers have been claimed to download source code for games such as FIFIA 21 and its exclusive Frostbite game engine used as the base for many other high-profile games. It has also been speculated that some 780GB of data has been stolen. However, the claim is yet to validated by responsible authorities.

The good news that comes amidst this breach is that apparently, no player data has been compromised. An EA spokesperson, while authenticating the statement, quoted that no player data was accessed, and the company has no reason to believe that there is any risk to the player privacy.

Allegedly, law enforcement agency has been contacted to look further into this matter.

Reliable reports cite that the screenshots of the hacking forums used by the attackers were seen. These were used by the intruders to advertise the stolen data for sale.

For the record, source code is a version of computer software which is much easier to read and comprehend than the end version in a finished product. Moreover, it can be used to reverse engineer parts of the product.

This unfortunate incident is the latest in a thread of prominent gaming company hacks over the recent time. In November 2021, Capcom, the developer of Resident Evil and Street Fight, suffered a ransomware attack which might have revealed the personal data of upto 350,000 gamers.

Likewise, in February this year, Cyberpunk maker, CD Projekt Red announced another ransomware attack which led to source code for several games being compromised and sold off online. In that case, the hackers claimed to have auctioned the information for more than USD 7 million.

Source Credit: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-57431987