EA Origin Hack Could Put 10 Million Players At Virus Risk
EA’s Origin service, the online provision powering many of the company’s key titles, has been exploited, potentially putting 10 million players at risk.
The BBC reports that a team of researchers have found a loophole in lab test that allows hackers to swap games on the service for malicious code.
Though no attacks have been made using the loophole, the team warns the hack leaves Origin potentially vulnerable.
The researchers exploited a loophole in the way Origin handles links to games which users have downloaded and installed, to make it run virus code which compromises ther machine’s security.
But Donato Ferrante and Luigi Auriemma, from security company ReVuln, found a weakness in the way games were started via Origin.
EA is investigating, according to the report.
The news comes after EA CEO John Riccitiello stepped down amid SimCity’s disastrous launch.
The company had begun to find favour with gamers again after offering many titles at half price in an Origin sale and giving free games to SimCity launch buyers.