Hackers tapped into servers at Electronic Arts on Thursday, making off with key game files for popular titles, including FIFA 21. The data is now reportedly up for sale on the dark web.
The maker and publisher of popular franchises such as FIFA, The Sims and Madden NFL said player data wasn't accessed.
"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 company spokeswoman said in a statement. "No player data was accessed, and we have no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy."
EA said it was "actively working with law enforcement officials and other experts as part of this ongoing criminal investigation".
According to Vice Media, hackers boasted about the attack on underground internet forums, with one post saying: "You have full capability of exploiting on all EA services."
The hackers reportedly breached EA's network by first purchasing a stolen cookie that gave them access to a Slack channel used by the company. From there, they messaged IT support and obtained a multifactor authentication token to access to EA's corporate network, according to Vice.
Electronic Arts said it has improved its security and doesn't expect its business or games to be affected. The company also said that as part of the criminal investigation, it is working with experts and law enforcement.
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