If the company doesn’t contact the criminals or pay, they will continue to publish the stolen files.
Cybercriminals who stole over 780 GB of confidential data from gaming giant Electronic Arts in June this year, including the source code of FIFA 21 and the Frostbite engine, have moved from trying to sell this data to public disclosure. In a post on one of the forums, including a sample of stolen data, the hackers explicitly stated their intention to extort money from EA.
“We sent a ransom email to EA a few weeks ago, but got no response. If the company does not contact us or pay, we will continue to publish the data, ”the hackers said in a message.
The 1.3GB archive is believed to contain information about EA’s internal tools and the company’s Origin store.
“We are aware of recent messages from cybercriminals, and we are analyzing the published files. At this time, we still believe that they do not contain confidential player information, and we have no reason to believe that there is any material threat to our games, business or users. We continue to work with federal law enforcement during the ongoing criminal investigation, ”an EA spokesman told Motherboard.
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