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FIFA 21 source code and Frostbite engine stolen in EA cyberattack

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EA believes the incident shouldn’t affect game development (pic: EA)

EA admits that it has suffered a security breach, with the hackers stealing FIFA 21’s source code and tools for the Frostbite engine.

It’s only been a couple of days since EA officially revealed Battlefield 2042 and the publisher already has another big announcement. It’s not anything good, however, as it involves a major security breach that has seen a large amount of data e stolen.

According to Vice, hackers have been claiming on private underground forums that they have acquired around 780GB of data. EA confirmed this was true in a statement but has tried to assure customers that no private data was taken.

‘We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen. 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.’

As for what was taken, it includes the source code for FIFA 21, as well as the code for the game’s matchmaking servers. The hackers have also obtained the source code and tools for the Frostbite engine, which EA uses for multiple games like FIFA and Battlefield.

No ransom note was sent to EA. offering to give it back for a price. and, at time of writing, none of the stolen data has been publicly shared. Instead, the hackers simply intend on selling the data.

This is but the latest hacking incident to affect a major games publisher. Last year, Capcom suffered a security breach which saw a huge list of unannounced projects leaked online. Personal information for customers, employees, and former employees were also affected.

Earlier this year CD Projekt was targeted, with company documents and source code for several projects stolen. At the time, the hacker sent a list of demands for the data’s return, but the company publicly refused.

Since then, at least some of that stolen data has appeared to circulate online. According to an update from CD Projekt, the data may also include details related to current and former employees, as well as contractors.

The update reads: ‘We would also like to state that – regardless of the authenticity of the data being circulated – we will do everything in our power to protect the privacy of our employees, as well as all other involved parties. We are committed and prepared to take action against parties sharing the data in question.’

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