EA confirms hackers have stolen source code for FIFA 21 and the Frostbite engine
Publisher has “no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy” following theft, which includes matchmaking code
EA has confirmed that it has suffered a significant data breach in which hackers stole the source code for FIFA 21 and the company’s Frostbite engine.
In underground hacking forum posts viewed by Vice, the alleged perpetrators claim to be in possession of 780GB of data stolen from EA and are advertising it for sale.
As well the source code for FIFA 21, they claim to have taken code for the game’s matchmaking server, source code and tools for the Frostbite engine which powers games including Battlefield, plus proprietary EA frameworks and software development kits.
In a statement, EA confirmed the aforementioned data had been stolen.
“We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen,” a spokesperson told Vice. “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.”
Data stolen from CD Projekt Red earlier this year reportedly leaked online this month, including the source code for Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3 and more.
The ransomware attack on CD Projekt Red was allegedly carried out by a group called HelloKitty.