EA Working To Shut Down FIFA 'Hack' Loophole That Made The Company Millions

Last year, lots of Xbox 360 owners began complaining that they'd been "hacked", and because much of the money stolen ended up being spent on EA's FIFA 12, it was believed the game was somehow responsible.

It wasn't, of course. The truth, at least in some small part, was far more complicated than that.

While Microsoft seems to have closed the loopholes causing the upswing in account hijacks, other companies are looking at their security as well. One of those is EA, who is making some changes to FIFA's security for the upcoming FIFA 13.

"We learned a lot from the experience. A lot of companies are suffering from this right now. There's a lot of sophisticated hacking happening in the gaming industry and it's a continuous battle," EA Games president Frank Gibeau told Joystiq. "We take it very seriously, put a lot of resources on it. The learning from the FIFA example last year has been incorporated this year. There's some incremental and additional things. I don't want to get too detailed because I don't want to tip our hand. Rest assured, we take it very seriously."

As they should: EA made nearly $US40 million in three months selling FIFA digital content over the holidays, 69% more than the same time last year. So, yeah, Microsoft's (and Xbox owners') loss was actually, in a perverse way, EA's gain.

Hence the changes. That was dirty money!

EA putting 'a lot of resources' toward preventing another 'FIFA hack' season [Joystiq]


    that money made would be fraudulent and therefore not on the accounts... so there was a 69% growth excluding the sales.

    I was one of the people hacked...

    They could have shut down the loophole from day dot... just remove the ability to trade 'player packs' between gamer accounts.

      Ahh so that's what they did. I got hacked and the thing I couldn't figure out was even if they bought these ultimate team packs with my points (which they did and thank goodness Microsoft promptly refunded me for that loss) how could they use them If they couldn't log in as me once the passwords were changed - but if EA allows players to 'trade' packs within their own ecosystem then it makes a whole lot more sense how this becomes a profitable crime for the culprits. The thing I'd like to know is can EA trace the owners of the ill-gotten packs and wipe them, or prosecute them - think about it - MS would have details of everyone who was hacked - I've never played a FIFA game in my life - so just look for the pack that would bought by "me" and find out who "I" traded it to - there's your link to the criminals.

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