Recently, a ransomware attack was made on the CD Projekt Red servers. As part of the hacking, they swiped the company’s HR documents along with the source code for Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3. The attackers then listed the code for auction on the hacking forum Exploit.
Now, according to the Cybersecurity Company Kela, the auction has been closed. The company announced its findings on Twitter, saying hackers have sold off the source code for Red Engine and various CD Projekt Red games to an anonymous third party.
No one knows the actual worth of the deal. However, it is reported that as a buyout, hackers asked for $7 million, while the bidding started at $1 million. There was a condition set with the deal, as part of the transaction, the hackers cannot re-sell the data to any other party.
It is not clear if hackers will stick to the terms and what consequences of breaking their words would be coming out.
Just in: #CDProjektRed AUCTION IS CLOSED. #Hackers auctioned off stolen source code for the #RedEngine and #CDPR game releases, and have just announced that a satisfying offer from outside the forum was received, with the condition of no further distribution or selling. pic.twitter.com/4Z2zoZlkV6
— KELA (@Intel_by_KELA) February 11, 2021
It is bad news for CD Project Red anyway. Let’s assume that they weren’t involved in purchasing the data, as this is one of the weird theories we have seen.
Cyberpunk 2077 has so many issues; it is not fair to be happy with CD Project Red’s apparent death. Love or hate the studio, it is true that the developers have spent years pouring their blood and sweat into the games they have developed and the code behind them. Indeed, it could be a significant loss when all of the work gets hacked and exposed.
Let see if the code gets shared anywhere else; however, for now, saga has apparently come to an end.