EA Denies Data Breach After User Details Leak to Pastebin
Ashley Allen / 3 years ago
Electronic Arts has denied that it has suffered a data breach following user account details being leaked and briefly posted to Pastebin. According to EA, its servers have not been compromised in any way, but it will still assess the leaked data to determine if it is genuine, and secure any at-risk accounts, probably in the form of a password reset.
EA’s statement reads:
“Privacy and security is our top priority at EA. At this point, we have no indication that this list was obtained through an intrusion of our account databases. In an abundance of caution, we’re taking steps to secure any account that has an EA or Origin user ID that matches the usernames on this list. As always, we encourage all players to safeguard their account credentials and use unique usernames and passwords on all online accounts.”
Security website CSO, which discovered the leak, notes that only a handful of the details for EA and Origin appeared to be valid, which suggests that the information posted to Pastebin could be outdated. While username, password, e-mail address, and purchased games were listed for many accounts, a high number had missing or corrupted information.
EA did suffer a confirmed server breach last year, which compromised over 40,000 EA forum accounts. The game publisher only admitted to the breach after a whistleblower revealed it first.