Game publisher EA has been hit by a cyber attack in which hackers stole 780GB of data, including pieces of code from the game FIFA 21.
The Belgian government, meat processor JBS, Colonial Pipeline, … News about major cyber attacks is now almost a daily occurrence. The next in the list of affected organizations is Electronic Arts, the well-known video game publisher. Vice Motherboard discovered posts on various hacker forums by hackers boasting of their successful cyberattack on EA. The hackers also put pieces of code from EA games for sale.
In total, the hackers claim to have stolen 780GB of data from EA. One game that is explicitly mentioned is the football game FIFA 21, a game with millions of players from all over the world. The hackers are said to be in possession of pieces of the original source code as well as code from the servers that link players together during online matches. Furthermore, the hackers also possess pieces of code from the Frostbite engine on which games such as Battlefield depend. The hackers also post some screenshots to provide evidence for their attack.
EA confirms data breach
The game publisher has also confirmed to Motherboard that the hackers unfortunately do not play bluff poker. In a statement, EA said they are investigating the incident internally and have also requested a legal investigation. For the time being, there seems to be no reason that personal data of gamers has been stolen. The necessary security measures have already been taken to minimize the impact on the games and the company. EA has not yet communicated about the attack through its official channels.
According to EA, you as a gamer do not have to worry about the data breach. But for the time being, too little information is known about the cyber attack to be one hundred percent sure. Further research should clarify what exactly happened and what the impact of the cyber attack will be. As soon as we know more, we will add to this article.