These days no one is safe, either from ransomware attacks or just plain old hacks. The most recent victim of just such an incident, is Electronic Arts, the game development studio behind titles like Battlefield, The Sims and the wildly popular football game FIFA. The studio was reportedly hacked, after which hackers gained access to the source code of FIFA 21 and some dev tools.
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“We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen,” EA said in a statement, according to Gizmodo.
“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,” it continued.
In addition to FIFA21’s source code, the cybercriminals gained access to the code for its matchmaking server. Even worse, they obtained the source code and tools that form part of the Frostbite game engine — which powers a number of EA’s games. Apparently, they amassed a total 780GB of data — all of which is currently on sale on the deep web.