Whether you love or hate EA, you kind of have to feel sorry for them at this point. After what could be described as one of the worst launches in history, the hits just keep coming for the company behind the Need for Speed, SimCity and Battlefield franchises.
This time the bad news comes out of EA's Battlefield spin-off, Battlefield Play4Free. At the Black Hat security conference last week, crackers demonstrated a proof-of-concept exploit that would allow attackers to execute and run malicious code on systems running Windows XP and Battlefield Play4Free.
According to the report, a webpage is used in the exploit, and opens the game on a victim's computer, which it then instructs it to load a malicious "MOD" file used to customize game settings and features. With games that charge for "perks", this malicious software could possibly steal a user's payment information, or hijack the users account altogether. EA is said to be investigating the hole, but no word has been released on a patch.