Hackers breach game giant EA to steal source code

Electronic Arts has been hit with a massive data breach that reportedly saw hackers make off with the source code for various games and tools, according to a report from Motherboard.

According to underground hacking forums accessed by Motherboard, hackers claimed to have “full capability of exploiting on all EA services”. These posts assert that the group has accessed the full source code for FIFA 21 and its matchmaking tools, along with the source code for the Frostbite Engine (EA’s most popular in-house game engine, which is powering this year’s Battlefield 2042).

That post appears to be available via a Google cached web page from June 6 that bears the headline “We sell the FIFA 21 full src code and tools,” asking for a price of $28 million for the 780 gigabyte data dump.

Hackers also claim they have code for “many proprietary EA games, frameworks and SDKs,” as well as other EA proprietary code and API keys. “You have full capability of exploiting on all EA services,” they wrote in the post.

We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen,” an EA spokesperson told Motherboard in a statement. “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 said it was actively working with law enforcement and other experts as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Hackers were reportedly trying to sell the information online. Vice said hackers had boasted about the attack on underground internet forums. “You have full capability of exploiting on all EA services,” one post was cited as saying.