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Hackers breach Electronic Arts, stealing game source code, tools - WISH-TV

Hackers breach Electronic Arts, stealing game source code, tools - WISH-TV

(Aytac Unal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) (CNN) — Hackers have broken into the systems of Electronic Arts, one of the world’s biggest video game publishers, and stolen source code used in company games, a spokesperson confirmed to CNN Business on Thursday.Online forum posts reviewed by CNN Business and vetted by an independent cybersecurity expert show that on June 6, hackers claimed to have obtained 780 gigabytes of data from EA, including the Frostbite source code, which is the game engine that powers the FIFA, Madden, and Battlefield series of video games, among others.Brett Callow, the cybersecurity expert and a threat analyst at Emsisoft, said losing control over source code could be problematic for EA’s business.“Anytime source code gets leaked it’s not good,” said Ekram Ahmed, a spokesperson for the cybersecurity firm Check Point.

“We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen,” the EA spokesperson said.The EA spokesperson confirmed to CNN Business that EA’s statement is in response to the breach Vice reported.

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