Cyberpunk 2077 – not giving in to blackmailers (pic: CD Projekt)
The makers of Cyberpunk 2077 have suffered an attack from hackers who are threatening to release code and documents online.
In what seems to be a distributing trend for publishers, CD Projekt has been the latest victim of hackers that are trying to blackmail the company with the threat of releasing all their source code and company documents online.
The same thing happened in November with Capcom, who refused to give in to the hacker’s demands and saw sensitive company information, including details on future games, released online.
CD Projekt seem to be taking the same approach though and are not only refusing to give into the hackers but have posted their ransom note on Twitter for all to see.
The hacker’s message gives no indication that they’ve targeted CD Projekt because of fan anger over the state of Cyberpunk 2077 at launch, in fact there’s not suggestion the hackers are interested in gaming at all.
Releasing the source code for all their recent games, including what is presumably some sort of prototype version of Witcher 3 (or maybe a next gen remaster?) is not good news but at this stage it’s hard to say how damaging it would be to CD Projekt’s business.
The legal and HR documents are potentially more sensitive but at the moment CD Projekt seem to think that the stolen data does not contain any personal information from customers.
Whether it includes information on employees, many of whom could then be at risk of doxing by deranged fans, is unclear.
CD Projekt has contacted the police and other authorities but it’s currently impossible to say what the chances are of the hackers being caught and if they are the same group behind the Capcom ransom.
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