A vulnerability disclosed on Wednesday (26) puts accounts for 300 million users of EA's Origin gaming platform on PC and mobile. Revealed by experts at security firms Check Point Research and CyberInt, the flaw paves the way for gamers to crack profiles and identity theft. This simply requires potential victims to click on a shared malicious link as a fake invitation to play.
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Researchers reported the problem to EA as soon as the bug was discovered. The fix released by the game company is now available as an upgrade and should be installed as soon as possible.
Origin platform has vulnerability that puts millions of accounts at risk Photo: Reproduo / Andr Mello
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Origin is a competing Steam platform that lets you buy and play EA titles such as FIFA, The Sims, Battlefield and Medal of Honor online on your computer and mobile. By exploiting the flaw, a criminal could hijack the player's session and gain access to the full collection of purchased games, as well as being able to purchase more games using a registered payment method. The bug can also expose social networking and system accounts like Xbox Live and PlayStation Network in sync.
According to CyberInt, the interest of criminals to take advantage of such flaws lies in marketing the product of deep web theft. Through mass distribution through WhatsApp, a blow to game studios like EA could be very lucrative.
There is still no record of exploitation of the failure until the date of disclosure. However, now that the issue is public knowledge, I need to update Origin on my PC as soon as possible. Users can also enable two-factor authentication to increase account security, in addition to downloading games only through the manufacturer's official tool to avoid being attacked.
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