Personal details of 1,600 players accidentally leaked by EA

Personal details of 1,600 players accidentally leaked by EA

8th October 2019 1 By Jordan Heal

Electronic Arts – the controversial publisher behind hit titles FIFA and Apex Legends – has blundered again, this time unwittingly leaking the personal information of more than one and a half thousand gamers.

On October 4 the official Twitter account tweeted an update for its Global Series registration page, alerting people that their data may have been compromised.

Four days later, it has now emerged that around 1,600 players could have been affected by the disastrous security failure while registering for the FIFA 20 tournament.

It was discovered that when competitors were signing up, they began to see the information of other players who had already completed the process.

The publisher was alerted to the issue at around 1pm UK time before finally taking the down page half an hour later; meaning for at least thirty minutes up to 1,600 users’ information could have been harvested.

Within the same time frame, EA implemented a fix to protect all data that was at risk of being leaked.

“We’re confident that players will not see the same issue going forward,” a spokesman said.

“We’ve determined that approximately 1,600 players were potentially affected by this issue, and we are taking steps to contact those competitors with more details and protect their EA accounts.”

“Player privacy and security are of the utmost importance to us, and we deeply apologise that our players encountered this issue today.”

Reports emerged following the incident suggesting the exposed data consisted of users’ emails, date of birth, EA username and country of residence.

At the close of its announcement, EA stated that registration would re-open in the coming days.

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