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Gaming giant EA’s data has been breached by hackers and they have downloaded the source code of games such as FIFA 21 and other titles that use the Frostbite engine.
The engine is also used for games such as the Battlefield franchise and other high-profile games such as Madden.
The breach was first discovered by Vice and it reported that 780GB of data was stolen. EA has assured that no player data has been stolen as a part of the breach.
“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 said in a statement.
“No player data was accessed, and we have no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy,” she added.
EA publishes some of the biggest games including annual sports franchises that net the company billions of dollars in revenue each year.
The source code of a game is usually a version of the code that easier to read and understand than the end version in a finished product. The source code can be used by hackers or to the highest bidder by reverse engineering some of the most popular gaming mechanics.
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In the case of Frostbite, the source code of the engine is used to develop both Battlefield and sports games like FIFA. Frostbite is EA’s proprietary engine that is a powerful game creation tool that can now be copied by the highest bidder. The stolen source code may also result in willing developers to create cheat codes and hacks for games, including the ones that require micro-transactions.
This is not the first time a popular game developer has been targeted for breaches.
In February, Cyberpunk and The Witcher developer CD Project Red also suffered a ransomware attack which led to the source code of their engine being leaked online just last week.
Japanese developer Capcom also suffered a ransomware attack which may have revealed the personal information of up to 350,000 users.