Following a cyberattack targeting CD Projekt Red, stolen data from The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 has been sold on the dark web.
Following a targeted cyberattack, the source codes of game developer CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, The witcher 3 (including an unreleased version) and Gwent: The Witcher Card Game They have all been reportedly sold at auction on the dark web for $ 7 million.
After the cyberattack, which compromised the game development company’s game data, as well as documents related to accounting, legal, human resources and investor relationships, a ransom note was sent to CD Projekt Red, threatening with selling or leaking your information “no settlement”. According to IGN, an auction was created on the XSS online forum to sell the stolen files where the auction started at $ 1,000,000, going up in increments of $ 500,000. Darknet intelligence reporter KELA, who was monitoring the auction, announced that the tender was closed when the hackers, under the name redengine, received “a satisfactory offer from outside the forum.” The buyer was not identified, but it was stated that the purchase was made “on the condition that no more is distributed or sold.”
Shortly after the initial attack, CD Projekt Read issued a statement to the public. “Yesterday, we discovered that we have become the victims of a targeted cyber attack, due to which some of our internal systems have been compromised,” CDPR tweeted. “An unidentified actor gained unauthorized access to our internal network, collected certain data belonging to the capitalist group CD PROJEKT and left a ransom note whose content we disclosed to the public.”
Cybersecurity experts who have analyzed the ransom note have unofficially identified the perpetrators of the attack as the HelloKitty hacking group, and the game’s developer has been in contact with authorities, who are still investigating the incident. The CDPR statement said: “We are taking the necessary measures to mitigate the consequences of said release, in particular by reaching out to the parties that may be affected by the violation.” The statement also mentioned that the developers would not negotiate or pay any ransom, fully aware that this could lead to the release of company data.
The latest release from CD Projekt Red, Cyberpunk 2077, has experienced a wide range of controversies, from the game that allegedly caused seizures to the company that admitted that the launch was not suitable for certain consoles. CD Project Red apologized to its consumers for the poor quality which contributed greatly to the game’s shaky launch. The apology, made by co-founder Marcin Iwiński, states that the company is committed to correcting bugs and glitches and hopes that fans will follow them as they release new updates and improvements.
Developed by CD Projekt Red, Cyberpunk 2077 is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia, and PC.
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