Electronic Arts, a video game maker, is hacked

Electronic Arts, the maker of popular video games including the FIFA, Madden, Sims and Medal of Honor series, said Thursday it was investigating an intrusion into its network that resulted in the theft of the game’s source code and tools.

“We have already made security improvements and do not expect any impact on our games or our business,” an EA spokeswoman said, adding that the company was working with law enforcement to investigate. The company said no player data was affected.

The hacker (s) claimed to have stolen the important source code of the 2021 edition of the popular football game FIFA, as well as data related to a game creation engine called Frostbite, according to online posts published in early June on a forum. underground frequented by cybercriminals. . EA has confirmed that parts of the FIFA and Frostbite code have been stolen.

The messages were reviewed by Intel 471, a cybercrime intelligence firm, which said hackers were advertising around 800 gigabytes of data. The incident was first reported Thursday by Vice News.

Michael DeBolt, senior vice president of intelligence at Intel 471, said a hacker was advertising stolen EA data on a Russian-language forum as early as early May. This hacker offered the stolen information for a starting bid of $ 500,000, Mr DeBolt said, but it was not clear if a sale had been made or if there was a connection between the various people making the data advertising.

Now, he said, a feud has arisen in the online forums where the thief can claim the crime and deserve to earn money from the stolen material. “All other offers are scams or bogus,” one user wrote, according to a screenshot.

“Surprisingly, cybercriminals can’t work well together and say nice things about each other,” Mr. DeBolt said.

He said at least one of the people provided evidence through screenshots of access to the stolen EA files. “This suggests that this claim could be credible and needs to be fully investigated,” he said.

EA is the latest in a series of companies to fall victim to cyber attacks in recent months, including the world’s largest meat processor, JBS, and the Colonial Pipeline, which supplies fuel along the east coast. These hacks were ransomware attacks, where hackers attempt to shut down systems until a ransom is paid, but EA said it had not received any ransom demands.

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