A security breach has been filed against video game publisher Electronic Arts for stealing some of its game source code. A total of 780GB of data has been stolen from a video game publisher and is also reported to have been put up for sale on hacker forums. Hackers have been successful in stealing the source code of FIFA 21. However, the company has clarified that hackers could not access any player’s data.
Hackers also stole the source code of the Frostbite engine, a software development tool that can be used by video game creators. The Frostbite engine is the basis for the FIFA series and the popular game Battlefield. Apart from this, some other tools of game development have also been stolen.
Multiple cases of data theft in the gaming industry
Where players can breathe a sigh of relief that nothing wrong is going on with their data. But for Electronic Arts, this has become a big problem because the source code determines how a program will work, and therefore losing control over it is a big deal for companies. There have been many big data thefts in the gaming industry even before Electronic Arts. In February this year, the source code of Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 was stolen from CD Project Red. Gaming giant Nintendo was also attacked in July last year.
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Duplicate games usually appear after the source code is leaked. However, other reputable video game developers will not knowingly use EA’s code. But still, with the help of this source code, people can find out how the game works and cheats and cracks. Secret projects and game ideas can also be leaked from this.