Video game publishers said on Thursday that Electronic Arts is investigating recent data breaches in which some of the game source code and related tools were stolen, making it the latest victim of a series of cyber attacks by US companies.

The publishers of games such as Battlefield, Apex Legends and Madden NFL 21 said that the violations are not expected to have an impact on their games or businesses, and are cooperating with law enforcement officials and other experts as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Vice’s motherboard earlier reported that hackers stole a lot of data, including the source code of the popular game FIFA 21 and the source code and tools of the Frostbite engine, a software development tool set for game creators.

According to the report, in general, hackers stole approximately 780GB of data and advertised the data for sale on several underground hacker forum posts.

“Without player data being accessed, we have no reason to believe that there is any risk to player privacy,” EA said in a statement.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, digital thieves are able to take advantage of the security weakened by the work-from-home policy, and as a result, hacking activities against companies in the United States and other countries have increased.

The vulnerability occurred after a high-profile cyber attack on Meatpacker JBS USA and Colonial Pipeline (the largest fuel pipeline in the United States).

EA shares fell 2.4% to an intraday low of US$142.31 (approximately Rs 10,400).

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