It’s been a tough few months for Cyberpunk 2077 and its developer, CD Projekt Pink. Cyberpunk 2077 launching in a tough state was solely the start of the story. After that, the corporate needed to take care of offended followers, falling inventory costs, litigious buyers and patches that typically made the sport even worse.
On high of all that, CD Projekt Pink should now take care of disgruntled hackers, who’ve breached firm servers, put in ransomware and threatened to share all of their knowledge on-line.
Data comes from CD Projekt Pink, which presumably needed to get phrase out to followers earlier than the hackers did. On Twitter, the corporate posted an in depth clarification of the state of affairs, in addition to the hacker’s (poorly written) ransom observe.
“An unidentified actor gained unauthorized entry to our inner community, collected sure knowledge belonging to CD Projekt capital group, and left a ransom observe the content material of which we launch to the general public,” the corporate acknowledged. “We won’t give in to the calls for nor negotiate with the actor, being conscious that this may occasionally ultimately result in the discharge of the compromised knowledge.”
It could sound dangerous, however there are two saving graces. First, putting in ransomware didn’t have the devastating impact the hacker may need hoped it could. CD Projekt’s backup drives remained unaffected, so if there was any knowledge loss, it seems like the corporate saved it to an absolute minimal.
Second, CD Projekt assured followers that “the compromised methods didn’t include any private knowledge of our gamers or customers of our providers.” That’s excellent news, even for players who didn’t purchase Cyberpunk 2077. Do not forget that CD Projekt additionally runs the GOG sport retailer platform, in addition to the GOG Galaxy launcher service.
As for the observe itself, the hacker claims to have full copies of the supply code for Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher three and Gwent (the standalone card sport primarily based on The Witcher). Additionally they declare to have “paperwork regarding accounting, administration, authorized, HR, investor relations and extra,” which will be the larger deal. Whereas distributing a sport’s supply code might make a title simpler to pirate, you’ll be able to’t actually modify and promote it, and nothing in it could be very fascinating to a lay viewers.
The enterprise paperwork, alternatively, the hacker threatened to “[send] to our contacts in gaming journalism,” the place maybe they hope some malfeasance will come to mild. It’s unlikely that a respected journalist would settle for stolen paperwork, however we think about that combing by them could possibly be a subject day for a extra tabloid-style publication.
In any case, the hacker has given CD Projekt 48 hours to reply — and since CD Projekt has already responded, there’s nothing to do now however wait. Hacking main corporations to share delicate knowledge with the general public could also be within the spirit of the cyberpunk style, however the driving drive right here appears to be malice fairly than public curiosity.