Stolen Source Code of Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 reportedly auctioned on the dark web

CD PROJEKT RED was recently hit by a cyberattack by unknown hackers. Reports say that the hackers have stolen the source code of the game and sold it in an auction on the dark web.

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Cyberpunk 2077 is a 2020 action role-playing video game developed and published by CD Projekt. Cyberpunk 2077, is the most awaited game of all times, took 8 long years after the drop of 1st teaser back in 2012. Being The most anticipated game of the year. The game finally released today after delaying it 3 times in the same year. There are reports that the developers of the CyberPunk 2077 were hacked. They also lost massive sensitive data in the process. Moreover, reports mentioned that unknown hackers have stolen the source code of Cyberpunk and its franchise The Witcher as well.

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Stolen Data auctioned on the Dark Web

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The developers received threats from the hackers stating that if the developers fail to pay them a reasonable amount of money, they would immediately sell the stolen source codes and make them public. If the data was made public then other creators could create a game similar to this. However, the company stood firm in its decision and was not ready to negotiate with the hackers. Consequently, the hackers sold the stolen data in an auction on the dark web. Furthermore, sources also confirmed the auction that took place on the dark web.

The Dark Web Monitoring Organization KELA on its official Twitter page has confirmed the same. The starting bid was reported as $1million and went up to $7million. The cybersecurity account vx-underground also confirmed that the sale was completed.

It is still unclear who the buyer is or what they intend to do with the files as of this writing. However, cyber experts claim a group called HelloKitty to be the hackers behind the stolen data. Furthermore, in response to this, CD PROJEKT RED has given updates and informed players that no personal data was leaked or lost in the cyberattack. The developers have started off with the investigation process and approached the relevant authorities for the same.

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