Hackers obtain 700GB of data and source code from EA using stolen cookies – Report

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Hackers also accessed PlayStation VR and AI documentation on game development, according to a new report.

Publisher EA was breached by a team of hackers who stole 780GB of game data, according to a report by Motherboard. The stolen data allegedly includes FIFA 21 source code and Frostbite engine tools, although EA says no player data was obtained. A subsequent report claims that hackers used company credentials acquired online to trick IT support members into thinking they were employees.

According to the initial report, hackers have access not only to FIFA 21's source code, but also to the code of its matchmaking servers. And in addition to the Frostbite engine tools, hackers claim to have stolen proprietary EA frameworks and software development kits that streamline game creation.

A source with access to the forums where the hackers posted the stolen data showed motherboard screenshots of messages written by the culprits, with one saying that you have "full exploitability on all EA services" once inside corporate networks. from EA.

In a follow-up report from Motherboard, representatives of the hackers explained exactly how they got the data from EA. It started by buying stolen cookies belonging to employees for $10 and, in a disturbing way, as a cyber-body-thief, used them to impersonate these individuals on the company's official Slack channels. 

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The hackers then requested a multi-factor authentication token to gain access to EA's corporate networks after informing IT support that they "lost" their phones. This apparently succeeded twice and led to EA's network access and theft that followed.

An EA representative said the company is investigating the incident, but assured fans that "no player data has been accessed." The representative also said that the company has improved its security infrastructure to prevent this from happening again and is in the process of working with authorities to investigate it.

"We are investigating a recent hacking incident on our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen," the spokesperson said. “No player data has been accessed and we have no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy.

After the incident, we have already made security improvements and do not expect any impact to our games or business. We are actively working with law enforcement officials and other experts as part of this ongoing criminal investigation. "

We've reached out to EA for additional comment on the hacking methods and will update this post if we receive a response.

According to Motherboard, hackers are also guarding documents about things like PlayStation VR, how EA creates virtual mobs in titles like FIFA, and information about AI in games. In total, the hackers claim to have 780GB of EA data and are looking to sell it on online hacking forums.

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