According to a motherboard report, Publisher EA was compromised by a crew of hackers who stole 780GB of game data. The stolen data allegedly included FIFA 21 source code and tools from the Frostbite engine, but the EA stated that no player data was retrieved. Subsequent reports show that hackers used company credentials purchased online to trick IT support members into thinking they were employees.
According to the first report, hackers can access the matchmaking server code as well as the FIFA 21 source code. In addition to the Frostbite engine tools, hackers claim to have stolen their own EA framework and software development kit to streamline game creation.
A source that has access to the forums that posted the data stolen by hackers showed a screenshot of the motherboard of the message written by the criminal. Once inside the EA’s corporate network, it says it has “the full ability to exploit all EA services.”
The follow-up Motherboard Report explained exactly how hacker representatives obtained EA data. It started by first buying employee-owned stolen cookies for $ 10 and used them to pretend to be these individuals on the company’s official Slack channel in a cyberbody snatcher-like way. The hacker then told IT Support that he had “lost” the phone and then requested a multi-factor authentication token to access EA’s corporate network. This was clearly twice successful, leading to access to the EA’s network followed by theft.
An EA representative said the company was investigating the case, but assured fans that “player data was not accessed.” Representatives also said the company is in the process of improving its security infrastructure to prevent this from happening again and working with law enforcement agencies to delve into it.
“We are investigating recent intrusions into the network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools have been stolen,” a spokesman said. “There is no reason to consider a player’s privacy to be a risk because he could not access the player’s data. After the incident, security has already been improved and no impact on games or business is expected. Aggressively We are working with law enforcement officers and other professionals as part of this ongoing criminal investigation. “
I contacted EA with additional comments on how to hack. I’ll update this post if I get a reply.
According to the motherboard, hackers also hold documentation such as PlayStation VR, how EA creates virtual crowds with titles such as FIFA, and information about AI in the game. In total, hackers claim to have 780GB of EA data and are reportedly trying to sell it on the online hacker forums.
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