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CD Projekt Red becomes the victim of a cyberattack

Source code and documentation stolen

CD PROJEKT Red, created by Cyberpunk 2077, announced its network was allegedly hacked on Tuesday and posted a ransom note on Twitter left by the hackers. The digital invaders claimed they had Cyberpunk’s source code, The Witcher 3, an “unreleased version of Witcher 3” and Gwent’s spinoff card game.

The hackers threatened to disclose the source code of the games, along with documentation and records from the accounting, legal and other divisions of the Polish game studio if they did not strike a deal under 48 hours. It does seem that the hackers were not initiating a mere child’s play, as the source code may have indeed been sold.

An auction appeared of the source code of one of the card games of CD PROJEKT, Gwent, on a hacker forum.  Thieves started the bidding at $1 million or $7 million to purchase it outright. Cybersecurity company Kela which specializes in providing threat intelligence to companies based on analyses of dark web websites and communities said it had reason to believe the auctions were, in fact, legitimate.  Furthermore, leaks of potentially legitimate source code information started appearing on online forums, as noted on Twitter by the cybersecurity account vx-underground but it’s not clear whether the leak — which has already been removed from file upload sites like Mega and scrubbed from hacking forums and other sites — is in any way associated with the ransomware attack.

Credits: zdnet.com

In addition to that, the game studio proposed that former employees activate fraud alerts for their confidential data, though it had no substantiation that those details were accessed by the hackers.

The good news for the players is that CD Projekt Red reported: “the compromised systems did not contain any personal data of our players or users of our services.”

 The organization has notified the necessary officials, including the President of the Office of Personal Data Security and IT forensic experts, who will investigate the dire cyber Attack.

It also came to the knowledge of the public After credible reports that the game was almost unplayable on PS4 and Xbox One hardware thus Sony and Microsoft both removed Cyberpunk from their digital stores and offered refunds to discontented customers.

Moreover, In an apology video, the developer’s co-founder subsequently acknowledged that the console version of its game “did not meet the quality standard we wanted it to meet” and highlighted its future prospects of addressing the issues through modifications.

Reported by: Ehtisham

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