Cyberpunk 2077 was one of the most anticipated game launches in recent years, as well as one of the most tumultuous. In addition to massive technical issues and consumer downturns, the game’s developer, CDProjekt Red, has announced that he has been the victim of a ransomware attack. The hackers threaten to release the source code Cyberpunk and other games.
CDPR publicly published the hackers̵
Cyberpunk 2077 is set in a dystopian future, where people regularly expand their bodies with hardware and software, and information (and access to it) is power. It’s also a world where huge corporations protect deadly secrets with labyrinthine data security protocols. So yes, this situation is a bit weird.
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CDPR says the hack is legitimate, but has not confirmed what was dropped. The company claims that as far as it can tell, no customer data (such as login IDs, passwords or credit card numbers) has been taken and it can recover any stolen data via standard backups. It does not intend to contact the hackers or pay any ransom, which means that potentially lucrative game code and embarrassing internal documents could be made public anytime soon. CDPR’s custom-tuned REDengine, giving power Cyberpunk and The Witcher, would be full of proprietary technology.
Based on the little information available, it is difficult to say whether CDPR’s data security practices are lacking, or whether it was specifically targeted after the very public events surrounding Cyberpunk’s launch. CDPR’s developer forum was hacked in 2017, and an earlier version of the Cyberpunk game contained a critical security bug that theoretically allowed modified games to be infected with malicious code.