Video game company Electronic Arts reports data breach

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Electronic Arts Inc. is investigating a recent data breach where part of its game’s source code and related tools were stolen, the video game publisher said Thursday, becoming the latest victim in a spate of cyberattacks against American companies.

The publisher of titles such as “Battlefield,” “Apex Legends” and “Madden NFL 21” said he did not expect the breach to impact his games or activities and that he was working with law enforcement officials and other experts in an ongoing criminal investigation.

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Vice’s Motherboard earlier reported that hackers had stolen a wealth of data, including the source codes for the popular title “FIFA 21” and the source code and tools for the Frostbite engine, a set of software development tools for creators. games.

Overall, the hackers stole around 780 gigabytes of data and also advertised it for sale on several underground hacking forum posts, according to the report.

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“No player data has been accessed, and we have no reason to believe that there is a risk to player privacy,” EA said in a statement.

Hacking activity against businesses in the United States and other countries has increased as digital thieves have been able to take advantage of security weakened by work-from-home policies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The breach follows high-profile cyber attacks against Meatpacker JBS USA and Colonial Pipeline, the largest pipeline in the United States.

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EA shares fell 2.4% to a low of $ 142.31.

(Reporting by Akanksha Rana and Subrat Patnaik; editing by Anil D’Silva)

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