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Electronic Arts Has Been Hacked

Electronic Arts Has Been Hacked - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 10 June 2021 / 1,408 Views

Publisher Electronic Arts has been hacked. The hackers have stolen game source code and related internal tools, according to Vice.

"You have full capability of exploiting on all EA services," said the hackers in posts on underground hacking forums. 

The hackers have claimed to have taken the source code for FIFA 21 and its matchmaking server, as well as the source code and tools for the Frostbite engine. Other information stolen includes proprietary EA frameworks and software development kits (SDKs). The hackers claim to have 780 GB of data and are advertising it for sale in various underground hacking forums.

Electronic Arts Has Been Hacked

EA has confirmed it has suffered a data breath, but did say no player data has been accessed. 

"We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen," said an EA spokesperson.

"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."

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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GoOnKid (on 11 June 2021)

Offer the code back to EA, but in small packages for 79.99 each.

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gtotheunit91 (on 10 June 2021)

I wonder if all the nuances of how FIFA 21, especially Ultimate Team, will be exposed to show how EA is intentionally manipulating players.

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SanAndreasX gtotheunit91 (on 10 June 2021)

It would be nice, not that anything would come of it.

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Darwinianevolution (on 10 June 2021)

Everytime I read about a big company being hacked, I wonder why noone just creates an offline system to store some of the most critical data and files of the company. Or just use paper.

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VAMatt Darwinianevolution (on 10 June 2021)

All of the source code for the Frostbite Engine on paper would be...... I dunno what it would be. Interesting, I guess.

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Zkuq Darwinianevolution (on 10 June 2021)

If it's an offline system, it's not really usable by a lot of people. That really restricts what you can put offline. For example, putting source code offline when potentially hundreds of developers need to access it is simply not feasible.

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Pemalite Zkuq (on 11 June 2021)

Developers are all around the world working on a game.

For example you might have a team working on a Tree generation system over in Europe whilst the main development team is in the USA.

There needs to be some transference of data to ensure that everyone is on the same page to see where the project is at.
Either way, EA's online systems have always left much to be desired anyway, regardless if you are using it as a consumer or development.

But to loose Frostbite and all that propriety technology is a stupidly massive blow, there is some great stuff that goes on in that engine.

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Kakadu18 Darwinianevolution (on 11 June 2021)

"Or just use paper."
Imagine a fire.

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SanAndreasX (on 10 June 2021)

Electronic Arts are also hacks.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 12 June 2021)

They should be closed after this bonanza and let the other studios thrive freedom at last!

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KratosLives (on 12 June 2021)

next up should be activision.

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KLAMarine (on 11 June 2021)

Exposed All-Around

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