Publisher EA has been hacked by a group of unsavory characters who stole 780GB of game data, according to a Motherboard report. The stolen data is suspected to include FIFA 21 source code and tools from the Frostbite engine, although EA states no player data was taken.
According to this report, the hackers don’t just have access to FIFA 21 source code, but also the code for its matchmaking servers. Additionally, this group also claims to have stolen proprietary EA frameworks and software development kits which streamline the process of making games.
A source who has access to the forums where the hackers posted the stolen data, showed Motherboard the screenshots of messages written by the thieves, with one that read you have “full capability of exploiting on all EA services.” It appears that the hackers are attempting to sell the data within the underground markets.
An EA spokesperson said the company is aware of the breach and what information was stolen. They also stated that no player data was accessed and EA has “already made security improvements” to prevent this problem going forward.
“We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen,” the spokesperson said. “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.”
EA is not the only company to suffer at the hands of hackers. Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red also had to deal with its own hacking issue earlier this year. That crew of culprits snagged source code to several of CDPR’s games before demanding a ransom.