Hackers steal EA source code

American video game company Electronic Arts (EA) has reportedly had a wealth of game source code stolen during a hack on Thursday.

According to a report by Vice, hackers broke into the gaming giant's systems and stole various pieces of valuable information, including source code and related internal tools.

"You have full capability of exploiting on all EA services," the hackers said in various posts on underground hacking forums viewed by Motherboard, Vice’s technology arm.

The media company said that a source with access to the forums provided it with screenshots of the messages.

On the forum posts, the hackers say they took the source code for FIFA 21, alongside the code for its matchmaking server.

They also said they collected source code and tools for the Frostbite engine, which powers several EA games, including Battlefield.

Vice said that other stolen information included proprietary EA frameworks and software development kits (SDKs), or collections of code that can help streamline game development.

The hackers claim they took 780gb of data and were yesterday advertising it for sale across underground forums.

"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 the BBC.

"No player data was accessed, and we have no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy.”

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