EA Hackers Are Alleged To Be Releasing Stolen Company Data To Get Ransom

The hack­ers who stole 780 GB of EA data are alleged­ly post­ing it online in an attempt to force the com­pa­ny to pay an undis­closed ran­som, accord­ing to a Moth­er­board report.

It’s unclear if the hack­ers are shar­ing this stolen data, but Moth­er­board report­ed that 1.3 GB of the 780 GB total has already been released. This com­pressed cache sup­pos­ed­ly con­tains infor­ma­tion on EA tools and the com­pa­ny’s Ori­gin store. Obvi­ous­ly, this is extortion.

Few week ago we send email for ran­some [sic] to EA but we dont get any response so we will post­ing the src [source],” the hack­ers wrote in a post online. “If they dont con­tact us or dont pay us we will keep post­ing it [sic].”

The hack­ers went on the tell Moth­er­board that they have sent ran­som demands to EA. How­ev­er, the com­pa­ny told Moth­er­board it has yet to receive any demands.

In a state­ment to Moth­er­board, a spokesper­son for EA said the com­pa­ny is cur­rent­ly ana­lyz­ing the released infor­ma­tion and is con­tin­u­ing to work with law enforce­ment. EA main­tains the hack does­n’t risk play­er privacy.

We’re aware of the recent posts by the alleged hack­ers and we are ana­lyz­ing the files released,” the spokesper­son stat­ed. “At this time, we con­tin­ue to believe that it does not con­tain data that pos­es any con­cern to play­er pri­va­cy, and we have no rea­son to believe that there is any mate­r­i­al risk to our games, our busi­ness, or our play­ers. We con­tin­ue to work with fed­er­al law enforce­ment offi­cials as part of this ongo­ing crim­i­nal investigation.”

The data the hack­ers stole con­tained an assort­ment of infor­ma­tion. Doc­u­ments of FIFA 21’s source code and tools from the Frost­bit engine were tak­en. It also had ref­er­ences to pro­pri­etary EA frame­works and soft­ware devel­op­ment kits which stream­line game mak­ing. What’s more, sup­pos­ed­ly some of the stolen data was relat­ed to The Sims.

EA’s hack reflects a sim­i­lar event that recent­ly hap­pened to Cyber­punk 2077 devel­op­er CD Pro­jekt Red. Ear­li­er this year, a col­lec­tion of hack­ers obtained Cyber­punk 2077 source code and demand­ed CDPR pay a ran­som. Some­time lat­er, the hack­ers alleged­ly threw the stolen code up for auc­tion.

I am a Platinum lover and an ex- Cod-aholic. I've been playing games since I was 5 years old and I refuse to quit, despite my mother's attempts to get me to. God of War and its successors are my all time favorite games.

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