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.