The hackers claim to offer “full capability to operate all EA services.” They also allege that they stole tools to develop software for FIFA 21
Brett Callow, a cybersecurity expert and threat analyst at Emsisoft, said losing control of the source code could be problematic for EA’s business. “Theoretically, the source code could be copied by other developers or used to create game hacks,” he said.
“Every time the source code runs out, it’s not good,” said Ekram Ahmed, a spokesman for cybersecurity firm Check Point. “Hackers can read the code, identify deeper flaws in exploitation and sell the previous code in the dark network to malicious participants in the threat.”
The players’ data were not compromised in a breakthrough, an EA spokesman told CNN.
“We are investigating a recent intrusion into our network that stole a limited amount of game source code and related tools,” an EA spokesman said. “There is no access to player data and we have no reason to believe that there is a risk to player privacy. We have already made security improvements since the incident and do not expect any impact on our games or business. We are actively working with law enforcement and other experts as part of this ongoing criminal investigation. “
The EA violation is not a ransomware attack, the spokesman said.