Motherboard accessed underground hacking forums and discovered that the source code for of FIFA 21 and the Frostbite engine, used to power the popular football game and the recently announced Battlefield 2042, was stolen from EA. The company confirmed that there was indeed a breach of security, but the situation is now under control, and most importantly from the perspective of the players - user data was not affected by the attack.
A company spokesperson commented on the whole unpleasant situation with the following words:
"We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen. o 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 an impact on our games or our business. We are actively working with law enforcement officials and other experts as part of this ongoing criminal investigation."
Of course, we have no reason not to believe EA's representative, but, as Motherboard's report claims, over 780 GB of data were stolen from the company, it would be quite surprising if there was no sensitive player data among them. Especially since the hackers have boasted on the aforementioned forum of hacing accessed the matchmaking system in FIFA21.
FIFA 21 was released on PC, PS4, PS5, XONE, XSX|S and Switch. Since May 6, the game is also available on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and EA Play.
- Electronic Arts - official homepage
- FIFA 21 - official website
- FIFA 21 Review - EA Is at It Again
- FIFA 21 - game guide