Hackers reportedly stole 780GB of Electronic Arts game data, according to Motherboard. The files supposedly include the source code for 'FIFA 21' and the Frostbite engine, which powers titles like 'The Sims' is 'Battlefield'. EA has confirmed that it has suffered an attack and that the information listed by cybercriminals is from data that was stolen, but it has ensured that no player data has been obtained.
"We are investigating a recent intrusion incident on our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen," the company said in a statement sent to Motherboard. “After the incident, we've already made security improvements and we don't expect any impact on our games or business,” completes the note.
Hackers posted part of the code in clandestine forums. In these posts, criminals claim they stole the 'FIFA 21' source code as well as the code from its matchmaking server. Other stolen information includes EA's proprietary structures and software development kits (SDKs) that streamline game creation.
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The criminals' goal is to sell the data package. “You have full exploitability across all EA services,” the hackers say. “We are actively working with law enforcement officials and other experts as part of this ongoing criminal investigation,” added Electronic Arts.
In early 2021, several CD Projekt RED data was stolen by hackers, including the source codes for 'cyberpunk 2077' and the new version of 'The Witcher 3' which has yet to be released in 2021. As in the case of EA, the files were even auctioned at the deep web - And started to be leaked on the internet.
According to the portal Data Breaches, hackers are using the stolen data to promote the launch of a new leak site. The group intends – for those who make a donation “to the fund”, whose goal is US$ 10 – to make all materials public and provide passwords for different files.
In other words, the organization will send the files, protected by a password, to users who collaborate with the fund for the creation of the new website. After the "donation", contributors receive access to the assets and source code of games such as 'Thronebreaker', 'The Witcher 3', 'The Witcher 3 RTX' (new version for PlayStation 5 (PS5) e Xbox Series X / S) and 'cyberpunk 2077' so that they can use the data as they see fit.
To prove that they really have all the data, the group has released the game software development kit (SDK) for PS4, PS5, Xbox and Switch without the need for a password. In addition, the hackers claimed that other information such as company reports, NDAs, HR documents and the like will be shared with the press, but not publicly released, "soon."