EA hacked: Battlefield 2042 maker hit by huge data breach

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Gaming giant Electronic Arts (EA (opens in new tab)) has been hit by a major data breach that has allegedly seen hackers gain access to its corporate network and steal 780GB of source code, SDKs and other proprietary tools.

According to Vice, after the hackers broke into the company's network, they took to underground hacking forums where they posted messages detailing the kinds of data they were able to steal from EA.

In their forum posts, the hackers claimed they were able to obtain the source code for FIFA 21 (opens in new tab) and the code for the game's matchmaking server. They also allegedly acquired the source code and tools for EA's Frostbite engine (opens in new tab) that powers the Battlefield, FIFA, Madden and Need for Speed franchises among other games. 

Apparently the hackers were also able to get their hands on proprietary EA frameworks and the company's software development kits (SDKs) used by its developers to make games.

EA hack data on sale

Instead of leaking the data they stole from EA online, the hackers responsible for the data breach are now trying to sell the files and tools they obtained from the company on illegal hacking forums (opens in new tab) where they could be used by other cybercriminals.

In a statement to TechRadar Pro, an EA spokesperson explained that the company does not expect any impact to its games or business as a result of the breach, saying:

“We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen. 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.”

We'll likely find out more on how the hackers were able to gain access to EA's network once the company and law enforcement's investigation into the matter is complete.

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After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.