FIFA

Hackers Steal Source Code for FIFA 21, Frostbite Engine

EA confirmed hackers had stolen data from it.
EA confirmed hackers had stolen data from it. / Photo courtesy of EA

Hackers have made off with what they claim to be 780GB of data stolen from EA, including the source code for FIFA 21, code for the game's matchmaking server, source code and tools for the Frostbite game engine, and EA software development kits.

EA confirmed Thursday the data had been stolen.

“We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen,” a spokesperson told Vice, which broke the story. “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 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.”

When hackers stole confidential data from CD Projekt earlier this year, the company refused to negotiate with the hackers when they attempted a ransom. This led to the data being auctioned off on hacking forums. CD Projekt now says the breach was worse than it initially suspected, and that the data may have since been tampered with.

The EA hackers have yet to announce plans to ransom the data back to the company from which it stole, appearing instead to plan to sell it off to a third party.