a breach at Electronic Arts has resulted in the theft of loads
of data, including the source code for FIFA 21
and the Frostbite engine.
This was revealed by forum posts by the perpetrators, but Vice's Motherboard
confirmed this through EA: "EA confirmed to Motherboard that it had suffered a
data breach and that the information listed by the hackers was the data that was
stolen." According to an official statement from Electronic Arts, additional
security measures are now in place, and it's expected that neither games nor
players will be negatively impacted by this:
"We are investigating a
recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game
source code and related tools were stolen," an EA spokesperson told Motherboard
in a statement. "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."
Along with their forum posts the hackers shared a small selection of screenshots
claiming to demonstrate their access to EA data, but did not publicly distribute
any of the internal data itself. Instead, the hackers are, at least ostensibly,
trying to sell the information.