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EA hackers have stolen FIFA 21 source code, Frostbite Engine source code and more

Hackers have reportedly broken into EA's servers and pilfered 780GB worth of data, including the source code for FIFA 21 and the Frostbite game engine.

Electronic Arts has confirmed that hackers have bypassed its servers and managed to take a wealth of the firm's private data, including source code for FIFA 21 and EA's proprietary Frostbite engine (which just-announced game Battlefield 2042 is being developed in).

Originally reported by Motherboard, the hackers raided the servers and managed to pick up a selection of SDKs (that's software development kits) for FIFA 21, 22, and “many [other] proprietary EA games frameworks.”

As per Motherboard, the hackers have posted the haul for sale in 'various underground hacking forum posts'.

"We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen," an EA spokesperson told the site. "No player data was accessed, and we have no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy. Following the incident, we’ve already made security improvements and do not expect any impact on our games or our business."

It appears, at the time of writing, that the hackers have no intention of releasing the stolen data publically – instead, the hackers seem to be gearing up to sell the data to the highest bidder.

A says it is working with law enforcement and 'other experts' to track down the perpetrators and is treating the breach as a criminal investigation.

This isn't the first time this year we've seen a huge data breach of this nature: back in February, Cyberpunk 2077 dev CD Projekt Red fell victim to a massive cyberattack, the repercussions of which are only just starting to be seen.

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