Electronic Arts, the maker of popular video games including the FIFA series, Madden, Sims and Medal of Honor, said on Thursday that it was investigating a breach of its network that resulted in the game’s source code and stolen tools.
“We’ve made security improvements and don’t expect to have an impact on our game or our business,” an EA spokesperson said. adds that the company is working with law enforcement officials to investigate. The company said no player data was affected.
Hackers or hackers claim to have stolen key source code for the 2021 version of the popular soccer game FIFA, as well as data related to a game creation engine called Frostbite, according to online posts The route was made in early June on an underground forum frequented by cybercriminals. EA confirmed that part of the FIFA and Frostbite codes were stolen.
The posts were reviewed by Intel 471, a cybercrime intelligence company, which said the hackers were advertising around 800 gigabytes of data. The incident was first reported on Thursday by Vice News.
Michael DeBolt, Intel 471 senior vice president of intelligence, said a hacker advertised the stolen EA data on a Russian-language forum as early as May. Mr. DeBolt said the hacker offered the stolen information with a starting price of $500,000, but it was unclear whether a sale was made or if there was a connection between the different people advertising the company. data report.
Now, he said, a debate has broken out on online forums where the thief can confess to the crime and deserve to make money from the stolen document. “All other offers are scam or fake,” one user wrote, according to the screenshot.
“It’s surprising that cybercriminals can’t get along well with each other and say nice things about each other,” Mr DeBolt said.
He said that at least one person gave some proof through screenshots of access to the stolen EA files. “It allows for an assessment that this claim can be trusted and it should be fully investigated,” he said.
EA is the latest in a string of companies to be hit by cyberattacks in recent months, including the world’s largest meat processor, JBS, and Colonial Pipeline, which supplies fuel along the East Coast. Those attacks are ransomware attacks in which hackers try to shut down systems until a ransom is paid, but EA says it has not received any ransom requests.