CD Projekt Red Cyber Attack: Servers Compromised, Hackers Threatened to Leak Source Code of Cyberpunk, Witcher 3, and other titles

Nawshad Noor
By Nawshad Noor
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Credit: CD Projekt Red

CD Projekt Red the creators of The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 have recently faced a cyberattack on their servers.

CD Projekt Red is the publishing company that is behind games like The Witcher Series, Cyberpunk 2077, Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, etc. Their most ambitious game Cyberpunk 2077 was not received well by the gaming community due to an abundance of bugs and missing features. But CD Projekt Red has recently stated that they will bring major patches in 2021 to make the game more polished.

But that plan seems to be put on hold to deal with the current situation that CD Projekt Red now faces. Recently CD Projekt Red became the target of a cyber attack and their servers were compromised. The hackers have threatened to released sensitive data to the public as well as release the source codes of games like the Witcher 3, Cyberpunk, and others.

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CD Projekts Red’s Statement:

The Polish publisher company recently took to Twitter to share the news of the cyberattack on their servers. apparently CD Projekt Red came to know about the cyber attack yesterday. They released a statement regarding the incident and explained the whole situation.

Apparently, someone anonymous gained unauthorized access to the CD Projekt Red’s internal network, collected sensitive information, and left a ransom note. The hacker threatened to release the data to the public if CD Projekt Red doesn’t comply. All the backup data is still intact and they have already started securing their IT infrastructure and restoring data.

CD Projekt red's statement on the Cyberattack
CD Projekt red’s statement on the Cyberattack Credit: CD Projekt Red Twitter

CD Projekt Red plans to not co-operate or give in to the demands of the attackers. They are well aware that not complying with the demands might trigger the release of sensitive data to the public. They are taking the necessary steps to mitigate the damage in case such a thing happens.

Although the servers were compromised, personal data and user info are still secured. CD Projekt Red has already contacted the related authorities and law enforcement to tackle the incident.

Ransom Note:

CD Projekt Red also shared the Ransom note left by the attackers. In the ransom note the attacked wrote,” Hello CD PROJEKT, You have been Epically pwned”.

They also mentioned that they have fully copied source codes of Cyberpunk 2077, Witcher 3, Gwent: Card game, and an unreleased version of Witcher 3. They also copied documents relating to accounting, administration, legal, HR, and investor relations.

CD Projekt Red Cyberattack ransom note left by attackers
CD Projekt Red Cyberattack ransom note left by attackers Credit: CD Projekt Red Twitter

The hackers gave CD Projekt Red 48 hours to make contact. Otherwise, they threatened to either sell or release the source files of the games. As well as leak all sensitive documents to the public and gaming journalists.

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Nawshad Noor is a former Editor at GameRiv.