A 25-year-old has had charges filed against him by the Federal Bureau of Investigation who believe he stole over $300,000 of in-game currency for EA’s monumentally popular sports title, FIFA 18.
Martin Marsich who was accused of hacking into EA’s servers to steal a massive $324,000’s worth of currency for the football game was arrested last week, and now faces trial in San Francisco.
That’s definitely not the best way to pay off your student loan…
According to a press release from the Department of Justice, Marsich has now been formally charged with “Intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization to obtain information for the purposes of commercial advantage and private financial gain” as well as “accessing a protected computer to defraud and obtain anything of value.”
It’s believed that the accused used an exploit to access the data of NBA LIVE 15 which then lead to gaining access to the FIFA servers, something which is explained in an affidavit relating to the upcoming case.
The affidavit reads: “The secret access token allowed the hacker to forge a connection between NBA LIVE 15 and FIFA 18.
“Since NBA LIVE 15 was a trusted server, the hacker was able to exploit the trust between NBA LIVE 15 and FIFA 18 to gain access to FIFA 18.”
Justin Griggs, an FBI agent attached to the case, has stated that Marsich distributed the game to 17,000 EA accounts, sending FIFA in-game currency packs to around 8,000 accounts to be illegally sold on.
Details of the case continue to emerge, with Marsich set to be posting bail next week. As of yet, there are not set dates for the official trial to begin, but it’ll definitely be an interesting one for the gaming giant, EA Games.
If Martin Marsich is convicted, the crime could see him facing a maximum of five years imprisonment along with $250,000 in court-ordered fines.