by The Chicago Times Staff

June 11, 2021

REDWOOD, CA — Electronic Arts, one of the world’s major video game producers, announced Thursday that hackers broke into its servers and took 780GB of key material, including source code and other internal tools.

According to an EA official, the business was aware of the incident and that no player data had been compromised.

“We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen…There was no access to player data, and we have no reason to assume that player privacy has been jeopardized…We have already made security changes as a result of the event, and we do not expect any negative effects on our games or business…As part of this continuing criminal investigation, we are actively collaborating with law enforcement officers and other experts.”

EA further clarified that it was not a ransomware attack, in which hackers encrypt a company’s data and demand payment in exchange for its decryption.

The EA intrusion follows a couple of high-profile ransomware attacks in which meat producer JBS and the Colonial Pipeline, which supplies 45 percent of the East Coast’s gasoline supply, each paid $11 million and $4.4 million in ransoms.