In June, hackers breached Electronic Arts data servers and reportedly obtained the full source code for FIFA 21 and the Frostbite Engine used in EA shooters, including the upcoming Battlefield 2042. Shortly afterwards, according to a new one Vici According to the report, they tried to extort the publisher, an effort that failed, so they are now starting to publish the source code publicly.
“A few weeks ago we sent emails to rescue (sic) EA, but we got no response, so we will post the (source),” the hackers wrote in a message. "If they don't contact us or pay us, we'll keep posting."
Motherboard, Vice's technology department, reported seeing a copy of a 1.3GB cache published by hackers that includes references to Electronic Arts and Origin's internal tools, the 39; digital window display EA. Despite the climb, Electronic Arts made it clear that he will not play ball.
“We are aware of the recent releases of the alleged hackers and are analyzing the published files,” he said in a statement. "At this time, we continue to believe that it does not contain data that raises any concerns for the privacy of players and we have no reason to believe that there is any material risk to our games, our company or our players. We continue to work with officials. federal law enforcement as part of this ongoing criminal investigation. "
The situation bears a real resemblance to one attack on CD Projekt earlier this year, which resulted in the theft of source code for games such as Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3 and Gwent. In response to a rescue lawsuit, CD Projekt said it would “not give in to the lawsuits or negotiate,” at which point hackers began posting the stolen data.
What makes this case unusual, though (and if we’re completely honest, pretty funny) is that after weeks of being ignored by EA, data thieves tried to enlist the help of an unexpected third party.
"Hackers asked the motherboard to directly deliver an extortion message to EA on its behalf," the site wrote. "The motherboard didn't want to do that."