“You Have Been EPICALLY Pwned” – CD Projekt RED Cyber Attackers Threaten to Leak Cyberpunk 2077, Witcher 3 and Other Source Codes

Published 02/09/2021, 5:05 AM EST


In an unfortunate series of events, netizens have gone a step too far as CD Projekt RED becomes the victim of a cyber attack. The developers of Cyberpunk 2077, the game that turned out to be a major disappointment, recently took to Twitter to announce the incident. According to the release, the attackers have targeted the internal systems of the studio.

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You have been EPICALLY pwned.”

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The attackers have also left a ransom note threatening CDPR. In the note, they have given the studio a 48-hour ultimatum to meet certain demands. In the event the studio fails to do so, the attackers would leak the source code to Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher 3. They have also compromised the internal documents of the studio’s employees.

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CDPR denies listening to the demands of the attackers

In the Twitter release by CD Projekt RED, it has boldly claimed that it will not be giving in to the demands of the attackers. The studio is taking all the relevant steps, including involving the authorities to recover from the attack. Moreover, it also aims to apprehend and punish those behind the attack.

CDPR also said that the studio’s backups remain intact. Therefore, all the files that the attackers encrypted are not lost. Instead, CDPR is working to recover them with the help of these backups.

We will not give in to the demands not negotiate with the actor…”

The studio affirms it is ready to lose some of its data but will in no scenario agree to negotiate with the attackers.

Data of Cyberpunk 2077 players safe from the attack

While the source code of CDPR games and its employee records have been compromised, the players remain safe. The studio ensured in the release, “the compromised systems did not contain any personal data of our players or users of our services.

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The studio intends to fully cooperate in any investigation by the authorities. The attack is probably a result of the disappointment that CDPR delivered in the form of Cyberpunk 2077 after all the hype. However, even after the failure of the game, the community should condemn the need to go to such extents.

In moments like these, the gaming community should unite to help the studio that tried its best to deliver a decent game to fans. Even after the disastrous launch, it is working hard to fix the game. Moreover, it has ensured that none of the player data leaks.

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Hopefully, CDPR can recover from the attacks soon and safely. Such actions are extremely shameful, and the authorities should duly punish those behind the attack.

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Shwetang Parthsarthy

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Shwetang Parthsarthy is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. His love for arguments and games has led him down two paths: being a law student and writing about the world of gaming since 2017. What started as a teenage hobby in the relatively small mobile gaming world with FPS games like Critical Ops and Call of Duty: Mobile, has grown into a professional pursuit with EssentiallySports.

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