Earlier today, we told you that a number of Origin members were receiving emails that said the login information for their account had been changed. Since none of these members made those changes themselves, that’s something of a problem. When questioned about the reports, Electronic Arts initially gave avoided giving a straight answer, telling those who had their accounts hijacked to get in touch with Origin Help or EA Support.
Now the company has issued another statement, this time briefly talking about the reports of breach and a saying that it has no evidence of any kind of attack. “At this point, we have no reason to believe there has been any intrusion into our Origin database,” EA told Eurogamer. Short, sweet, and to the point.
So, if EA isn’t showing signs of a breach, how are the hijackers getting these login credentials? There are, of course, many different possibilities – for instance, once a hacker knows the email associated with an account, they could simply use brute force to get in. There’s also the possibility that some of these members had their credentials stolen from another site and were using that same login information for Origin. Hopefully we all know by now that using the same login credentials across various online identities is a big no-no.
Whatever the reason, Origin members are having their accounts hijacked, and that definitely isn’t good. There seems to be a decent number of affected users too, which would normally suggest that EA’s database was compromised and the hacker had made off with a bunch of information. It sounds like the company’s investigation is still ongoing though, so perhaps it will stumble upon evidence of a breach by the time everything is said and done. Keep it tuned here to SlashGear for more details.