Social Engineering Hackers Score against EA Sports in FIFA 16 Ultimate Team
A whole raft of popular YouTubers and FIFA gamers are the targeted victims of cyber thieves who gained access to their EA (Electronic Arts) Origin accounts to steal millions of Fifa coins that translates to thousands of dollars in real currency.
A group of cyber thieves have successfully gained access to millions of ‘Fifa coins’, the popular title’s in-game currency with a simple yet effective social-engineering hack targeting the accounts of popular YouTube gamers playing FIFA 16, according to the BBC.
Poor Refereeing, EA
The hackers are believed to have simply called EA, the publisher and developer of the wildly successful FIFA gaming franchise in order to convince the company to get the YouTubers’ EA Origin accounts transferred to email addresses controlled by the hackers.
Origin is EA’s online platform for FIFA gamers to fully utilize the game’s multiplayer features.
Well-known YouTubers such as W2S, Nick28T, MattHDGamer, Bateson87 and NepentheZ have, between them, nearly 10 million subscribers and they have all had their accounts compromised.
A prominent YouTuber and gamer, Nick28T said:
“Basically, someone called in pretending to be me…and got into my account.
Matthew Craig, aka MattHDGamer on YouTube, told the BBC:
“There have been about 10 or more accounts which have been hacked over the last two weeks, me included.”
Somewhat surprisingly in his case, valuable players such as Portugal and Real Madrid’s Ronaldo, worth 3.4 million Fifa coins (approx. $1,200) were discarded.
The Ultimate Team mode in the Fifa series has players building squads through game-time and the acquisition of Fifa coins which can be purchased with real-world money, giving it real-world value and making it a target for opportunists and hackers.
EA acknowledged the hack and a representative speaking for the company said:
“We encourage all Fifa players to secure their accounts with authentication and verification steps, which we outline on our help and our product sites.
We are consistently working through our customer experience teams to secure accounts and make sure players are educated when account compromises are made.”
Craig adds that EA has since apologized to him and quickly moved to add “four or five more security measures” along with giving him his account back.
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