Hackers Stole a Ton of EA Data—Including Valuable Source Code

Hackers Stole a Ton of EA Data—Including Valuable Source Code

Today, Electronic Arts confirmed that hackers stole a massive amount of data from the video game publisher. A dark web forum poster claimed to have obtained 780 gigabytes of data in the attack, including the source code for FIFA 21 and EA’s Frostbite game engine, used by FIFA, Madden, Battlefield, Star Wars: Squadrons and Anthem.


“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 representative said in a statement. The representative added that “no player data was accessed, and we have no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy.” VICE first reported the attack. EA has confirmed with WIRED that it did not involve ransomware.


The EA hack is the latest in a string of high-profile video game source code leaks. Last year, Valve, Capcom, Nintendo, and Ubisoft reportedly suffered similar data breaches. And earlier this year, a ransomware attack hit Cyberpunk 2077 creator CD Projekt Red. (The developer said Thursday that it has reason to believe the data has made its way onto the internet.) Source code is an attractive target for hackers because it describes exactly how the sausage is made—why pushing this button disables that trap, or exactly where on an opponent’s head your bullet must land for optimal damage. When it lands in the wrong hands, source code has the potential ..