Cyberpunk 2077, Witcher 3 Source Code Reportedly Sold By Hackers
The release of Cyberpunk 2077 hasn’t exactly happened without a hitch, with CD Projekt RED’s latest RPG suffering numerous game-breaking issues and no shortage of ill-will from a legal standpoint. While the developer has made considerable efforts in amending the troublesome launch, CDPR’s fortunes haven’t exactly improved. The studio recently became the victim of a significant cyber-attack, with numerous internal files held to ransom by hackers, including the source codes for Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
In the days following the data breach, it appears those responsible have begun selling off CD Projekt’s files. Discovered by cybersecurity firm KELA (via The Verge) and corroborated by vx-underground, the hacking group reportedly posted the stolen data for auction on the hacking forum Exploit and has since received a “satisfying offer” from an unknown third-party. The auction was said to have had a $1 million starting bid and a $7 million “buy it now” price, but the proceedings were ended early after receiving an undisclosed sum.
Just in: #CDProjektRed AUCTION IS CLOSED. #Hackers auctioned off stolen source code for the #RedEngine and #CDPR game releases, and have just announced that a satisfying offer from outside the forum was received, with the condition of no further distribution or selling. pic.twitter.com/4Z2zoZlkV6
— KELA (@Intel_by_KELA) February 11, 2021
Update: we have confirmed the auction has closed. Someone has indeed purchased the material.
— vx-underground (@vxunderground) February 11, 2021
As of now, it’s unknown who bought the sensitive material or the amount it was purchased with. Though, vx-underground suggests the purchased data may have included internal CDPR documents as well as source code for several projects like Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3, The Witcher 3 RTX, and Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales. While it’s presumed these were sent to the buyer, it appears at least one wasn’t intended to stay private, as the card-based spin-off GWENT was leaked online shortly after the auction concluded.
CD Projekt Red’s ransomed data has been leaked online. pic.twitter.com/T4Zzqfn78F
— vx-underground (@vxunderground) February 10, 2021
It was only three days ago when CD Projekt first made this cyber-attack public. Posting to social media, the initial message attributed the data breach to an undisclosed actor, who gave the studio 48 hours to “come to an agreement” before files were sold or leaked onto the internet. Able to recover its lost data through backups, CDPR ultimately decided to “not give in to the demands nor negotiate,” opting to contact and launch a proper investigation with local authorities and the President of the Personal Data Protection Office.
We are taking necessary steps to mitigate the consequences of such a release, in particular by approaching any parties that may be affected due to the breach.”
What do you think? Are you shocked these Cyberpunk 2077 thieves are actually following through on their threats?
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