Emails were sent to the victims telling them account changes, like username or password, have been successful. This has been going on for weeks it seems. No comment from EA yet.
This is troubling indeed for EA and their Origin store as it has just begun to gain traction, what with Valve's behemoth Steam platform looming over them casting a long shadow.
has started piecing multiple stories together of users having their EA Origin accounts hijacked. It seems this spate of account hacks could be linked with recent changes to the Origin systems where usernames can now be easily altered. Emails sent out don't ask for confirmation of changes either.
Origin has over 30 million registered accounts, and like Steam they have digital titles attached. This could lead EA to implementing the same type of measures Valve have in place for Steam, like tying accounts to specific IDs attributed to a PC's make up of hardware to make it difficult for hijacks to occur.
EA Origin hit with account hijacks, emails notify of 'user account changes'
14 November 2012 | By Simon Priest