Game maker Electronic Arts and the Presque Isle Police Department in Maine are reacting to an event they both dreaded: the theft of gigabytes of private data by hackers who entered their internet-connected networks.
In EA’s case, the theft included 780 GB of source code and tools for FIFA 21, according to an article posted earlier this week on an underground criminal forum. The person who posted the post, with the username Leakbook, offered to sell the data.
“You have the full capacity to operate all EA services,” the person wrote.
The post looks like this:
The post did not say how the source code was obtained, but in a statement EA officials said the company suffered a network compromise that allowed an intruder to escape with the source code and tools. of the game. The statement read:
We are investigating a recent intrusion incident into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen. No player data has been viewed and we have no reason to believe that there is a risk to player privacy. Following the incident, we have already made security improvements and do not expect any impact to our games or our business. We are actively working with law enforcement officials and other experts in this ongoing criminal investigation.
In addition, nearly 200 GB of private data belonging to the Presque Isle Police Department has been uploaded by a ransomware group known as Avaddon. The police department was hacked on April 18 and had 10 days to pay a ransom. The ministry was able to rebuild its network using data backups, and it refused to pay.
Earlier this week, Avaddon finally followed through on its threats by posting the data on its dark web-hosted website. The mail includes 15,000 emails, according to the leaked Distributed Denial of Secrets site, which makes the data available to journalists and researchers.
A review of the Avaddon site also showed a sample of police reports and witness statements dating back to at least 2011. The files documented incidents of domestic violence, shoplifting and physical assault and, in many cases, many cases provided phone numbers, addresses and other personal information. information belonging to victims and accused.
The attacks on EA and the Presque Isle Police Department are the latest manifestations of a scourge that is becoming more pernicious than ever. Last month, ransomware attackers caused major disruption to gasoline and jet fuel supplies in the Southeastern United States. Earlier this month, JBS, the largest US supplier of meat, temporarily closed its US factories following a ransomware attack on its network.