originstore Security researchers warn of Origin game hack vulnerability

Security researchers have warned that subscribers to EA's Origin game service are at risk of malware attacks, thanks to a vulnerability in the game link system.

Security researchers have warned that subscribers to EA's Origin game service are at risk of malware attacks, thanks to a vulnerability in the game link system.

 
ReVuln, a firm specialising in computer security, was able to exploit the vulnerability to make game execution links run malicious code, leading to malware infections.
 
The exploit appears not to have been used yet, but EA is investigating the issue and will likely have a patch for it ready soon.
 
originstore Security researchers warn of Origin game hack vulnerability
 
Hackers would need to know details about users to take advantage of the vulnerability, but the researchers said that this would be easy to do, because Origin does not protect against brute-force attacks like guessing information repeatedly.
 
A temporary workaround would involve launching all games directly from Origin and not shortcuts placed on the user's desktop, which can be used to direct elsewhere.
 
There is more bad news for EA today, with its CEO, John Riccitiello, stepping down from the role after six years. He accepted the blame for the company falling short of targets set. His replacement has yet to be decided.
 
Sources: BBC and Reuters