Battlefield EA Publisher Says Investigating Recent Data Breach


Electronic Arts is investigating a recent data breach where part of its game’s source code and related tools were stolen, the games publisher said Thursday, becoming the latest victim in a spate of cyberattacks on businesses American.

The publisher of titles such as Battlefield, Apex Legends and Madden NFL 21 has said it does not expect the breach to impact its games or activities and that it is working with officials from the law enforcement and other experts in an ongoing criminal investigation. .

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Vice’s motherboard previously reported that hackers stole a wealth of data, including source codes for the popular FIFA 21 title and source code and tools for the Frostbite engine, a set of software development tools for creators. games.

Overall, the hackers stole around 780 GB of data and also advertised it for sale on several underground hacking forum posts, according to the report.

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“No access to player data has been made and we have no reason to believe that there is a 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 have been able to take advantage of security weakened by work-from-home policies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The breach follows high-profile cyber attacks against Meatpacker JBS USA and Colonial Pipeline, the largest pipeline in the United States.

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Shares of EA fell 2.4% to a low of $ 142.31 (around Rs.10,400).

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