‘Battlefield’ publisher EA says investigating recent data breach

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Electronic Arts Inc is investigating a recent data breach, where some of its game source code and related tools were stolen, the videogame publisher has said, becoming the latest victim of a spate of cyberattacks on US businesses.

The publisher of titles such as “Battlefield,” “Apex Legends” and “Madden NFL 21” said it does not expect the breach to have an impact on its games or business and that it was working with law enforcement officials and other experts as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Vice’s Motherboard earlier reported that hackers had stolen a wealth of data, including source codes for popular title “FIFA 21” and source code and tools for Frostbite engine, a software development toolset for game creators.

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

“No player data was accessed, and we have no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy,” EA said in a statement.

Hacking activity against corporations in the US and other countries has increased as digital thieves have been able to take advantage of security weakened by work-from-home policies due the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The breach comes on the heels of high-profile cyberattacks on Meatpacker JBS USA and Colonial Pipeline, the largest fuel pipeline in the United States.

Shares of EA fell as much as 2.4% to a session low of $142.31.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this article. Automatic translation from English to a growing list of languages via Google AI Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Akanksha Rana and Subrat Patnaik. Editing by Anil D’Silva.

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