Electronic Arts, the maker of popular video games including FIFA, Madden, The Sims and the Medal of Honor series, said on Thursday it was investigating intrusions into its network that resulted in the theft of game source code and tools.
“We have already made security fixes and do not expect an impact to our games or our business,” an EA spokesperson said, adding that the company was working with law enforcement officials to investigate. The company said no player data was affected.
Hackers or hackers have claimed to have stolen critical source code for the 2021 edition of the popular soccer game FIFA, as well as data related to a gaming creation engine called Frostbite, made online in early June on an underground platform frequented by cybercriminals. According to the post. . EA confirmed that parts of the FIFA and Frostbite codes were stolen.
The post, reviewed by cybercrime intelligence firm Intel 471, said the hackers were advertising about 800 gigabytes of data. the event was First reported Thursday by Vice News.
Michael DeBolt, Intel 471’s senior vice president of intelligence, said a hacker was advertising stolen EA data on a Russian-language platform in early May. That hacker offered the stolen information for an initial bid of $500,000, Mr. DeBolt said, but it was unclear whether the sale was made or there was a connection between the various people who advertised the data.
Now, he said, a tussle has broken out on online forums over which thief can claim crime and is entitled to make money from the stolen material. According to the screenshot, a user said, ‘All other offers are scams or fakes.
“Amazingly, cybercriminals can’t work well together and say nice things about each other,” Mr. DeBoult said.
He said that at least one of the people had produced some evidence through screenshots of access to the stolen EA files. “This lends itself to the assessment that this claim may be credible and should be thoroughly investigated,” he said.
EA is the latest in a series of companies that have been hit by cyberattacks in recent months, including world’s largest meat processor, JBS, and Colonial Pipeline, which provides fuel along the east coast. Those hacks were ransomware attacks, where hackers attempt to shut down systems until the ransom is paid, but EA said it had not received any ransom requests.