EA denies Origin hack

Written by David Hing

November 15, 2012 // 9:16 a.m.

Tags: #digital-distribution #ea #hacked #origin

EA is denying that its digital distribution service, Origin, has been compromised.

According to Eurogamer, several Origin accounts have been hijacked with several people receiving emails stating that their password or email address have been successfully changed without these users requesting such a change.

The email sent out does not however offer any information as to what the email address or password has been changed too.

Several similar cases from the EA support forum have been documented by a thread on NeoGAF. Those approaching EA to help resolve the issue with its customer service team appear to be getting blocked because they are told that the have their dates of birth wrong.

Although Origin stores credit card information, it does not store quite enough for a hacker to buy games automatically through the account. They would however have complete control over the Origin account and be able to see the home address associated with it.

EA has offered a statement declaring 'at this point, we have no reason to believe there has been any intrusion into our Origin database.'

Although not the result of a hack, last month, EA accidentally issued an infinite Origin voucher as thanks for participating in an online survey.

Origin launched in 2011 as a rival to other digital distribution services including Steam and Desura. It has previously caused controversy with some accusing the platform of spying on the activity of its users and many complaining of instability. A version for iOS and Android mobile platforms is planned for 2013.

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