Electronic Arts is investigating a recent privacy breach that stole some of its game source code and related tools, the video game publisher said Thursday, and has become the latest victim in a spate of cyberattacks against US companies.
The publisher of titles like Battlefield, Apex Legends and Madden NFL 21 said it doesn’t expect any impact on its games or business and is working with law enforcement and other experts on an ongoing criminal investigation. .
Vice’s motherboard previously reported that hackers had stolen a wealth of data, including source code for the popular FIFA 21 title, as well as source code and tools for the Frostbite engine, a software development toolset for game developers.
According to the report, hackers stole a total of around 780 GB of data and also offered it for sale in several underground hacking forum posts.
“No player data has been accessed and we have no reason to believe that there is any risk to player privacy,” EA said in a statement.
Hacking activity against businesses in the United States and other countries has increased as digital thieves took advantage of security weakened by work from home guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The breach follows high profile cyberattacks on Meatpacker JBS USA and Colonial Pipeline, the largest fuel pipeline in the United States.
EA’s shares fell as much as 2.4% to a session low of $ 142.31 (about Rs 10,400).
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