CD Projekt Red Hit By Major Cyberattack, Source Codes Stolen


We sure wouldn't want to be CD Projekt Red right now, as things just seem to get worse and worse for the company ever since the December launch of Cyberpunk 2077.

Hot on the heels of a release made controversial by game breaking bugs and performance issues, a class action lawsuit filed by an investor, unprecedented refund policies implemented just for this title, Sony pulling it from the PlayStation Store, a patch that introduced even more game breaking bugs and a security vulnerability that made mods unsafe to use just after official modding tools were released, the company now suffered a cyber attack, with the hackers stealing source code and valuable documents.

CD Projekt Red made the announcement earlier today via official social media profiles, posting both a lengthy explanation of what happened, as well as the rather juvenile 'ransom note' the attackers left. Apparently many company devices were encrypted - luckily these are easy enough to restore with backups - but the hackers gained a hold of the source codes for Cyberpunk 2077, Witcher 3, Gwent, and what they claim is an “unreleased version of Witcher 3.” Alongside this data, official legal, financial and HR documents were also stolen, if the message is to be believed.

The Polish game developer has announced that no negotiations will take place, and there is no intent to give in to the demands of the attackers, who threatened to release the source codes and documents, which they claim would hurt the company's image. Since the attack happened, data from backups has been restored and the IT infrastructure secured. CDPR assures players and fans that no user information was compromised in the attack. Relevant authorities and IT forensics experts have apparently been contacted regarding the attack.

CDPR's biggest releases were affected.

CD Projekt Red is focusing on fixing the issues that soured the launch of Cyberpunk 2077, prioritizing bug fixes and performance tweaks in order to make the game run better on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. As a result the free DLC program has been delayed, but should begin shortly after a few major patches are released.

Meanwhile, the company has already fixed the vulnerability that rendered mods dangerous, so players may now safely use them to alter the game to their preference.

Aron Gerencser
Gaming at least as long as he's been walking, Aron is a fan of all things sci-fi and lover of RPGs. Having written about games for years, he's right at home reporting most of the breaking news in the industry and covering the happenings of the e-sports world. Graduating summa cum laude from Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi with a BA in Media Production, Aron has been a game journalist since 2014. When not writing, editing or playing, Aron is building models which you can find on Instagram.
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