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Hackers Claim to Leak 1.2 Million Origin Accounts and Passwords; Electronic Arts Finds No Evidence

More than 1.2 million account credentials from Origin, the popular Electronic Arts game-platform, have been leaked online, according to an announcement made by the hackers.

The Origin client is the exclusive game-selling platform from all EA games.

Origin Client Database Breached by Hackers; 1.2 Million Accounts and Passwords Leaked

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The leak contained 1.218.229 emails and plain text password of Origin users.

“Origin has been breached by #UGLegion,” the hackers said. “-37MB’s of ORIGIN Users; – 1.2million in total.”

Of particular significance is that the Origin client also has a payment section that could easily be populated with payment details.

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The credit card payment section usually contains credit card numbers, credit card security code (CSC) or credit card verification value (CVV), expiration dates, and names, addresses and phone numbers.

It can also contain a linked PayPal account for payment processing.

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Electronic Arts responded via a representative to the hackers claim and denied that a breach ever happened.

 “There is no truth to this,” said Sandy Goldberg told Softpedia News. “It was an artificially-generated list that has nothing to do with Origin.”

Also, the official Origin Twitter account responded to a user who asked about the leaked emails and passwords.

“We’ve extensively researched this claim and found it to be bogus,” EA concluded.

In a separate development, the UGLegion hackers group also announced a leak of close to a million emails that are linked to Facebook.

“Facebook has been deemed, Greedy,” the hackers said. “1million emails – breached from Facebook.”

About the author

Lucian Ciolacu

Still the youngest Bitdefender News writer, Lucian is constantly after flash news in the security industry, especially when something is vulnerable or exploited. Besides digging for 'hacker' scoops and data leaks, he enjoys sports, such as football and tennis.
He has also combined an interest for social and political sciences, as a graduate of the Political Science Faculty, with a passion for guitar and computer games.

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  • “We’ve extensively researched this claim and found it to be bogus,”

    Screw these lying scumbags! After that leak I had my Origin account constantly reset, even after changing the password several times it kept on happening. So I investigated that issue by googling the Email address I used to register with Origin.

    Sure enough I only got 2 hits, both of them Russian forums, both of them had massive lists of Origin Login credentials, complete with lists of all the games on every account, all of them with an Email address and clear text password.

    You don't compile lists like that by individually hacking tens of thousands of people, you compile them by going straight to the source. EA screwed this up, it's due to their incompetence that personal details of tens of thousands of people have been compromised, and with them probably many other online accounts, as many people use the same password on everything.

    And nobody seems to care, this wasn't a big story anywhere and nobody is putting ANY blame on EA.