EA Source Code Stolen in a Cyberattack

Teodora Dobrilova
Teodora Dobrilova

Updated · Feb 21, 2022

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Electronic Arts (EA), one of the world’s leading gaming companies, suffered a cyberattack and had 780GB of data stolen. Hackers announced they have downloaded the source code of numerous games and other related tools.

Not Ransomware 

EA said that this was not a ransomware attack and that the cybercriminals didn't request payment.

Vice reported that there were screenshots of the stolen data on underground hacking forums. The hackers explained that they acquired the source code for the game FIFA 21 and its matchmaking server. They also downloaded the code and tools for the Frostbite engine - which powers many games, along with EA frameworks and software development kits. All of the information is available for sale on the dark web.

Player Data Is Safe

The cyberattack didn’t target user information.

An EA spokesperson claimed the attack didn't give access to players' data and the company has no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy. 

The gaming giant already improved its cybersecurity. It insisted that it does not expect any negative impact on their business or games. EA also called in law enforcement officials.

Not the First Time

Capcom was hacked last November, with up to 350,000 people affected. In February this year, CD Project - the company behind Cyberpunk 2077 - suffered a ransomware attack. 

Given the rising number of data breach cases and the looming threat of malware, now is the best time to invest in a reliable antivirus software.

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Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora devoted her whole life to words – reading, writing and trying to be original on social media. She got certified in digital marketing but still feels she’s not cool enough to be an influencer. (We all disagree – she influences the team pretty well.) She finished a master’s degree focused in Literature, Publishing, Mass Media. Her hobbies include traveling, and reading. Teddy hopes that yoga will be the thing to finally teach her some patience and show her the path toward world domination. Maybe modern tech can also help her with that.

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