Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt hit by ransomware attack, reveals hackers’ threats

The developer behind Cyberpunk 2077 suffered a hack.

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Cyberpunk 2077 studio CD Projekt Red revealed on Tuesday that its network was hacked, and shared a ransom note left by the hackers on Twitter. The attackers claimed to have gotten hold of source code for Cyberpunk, The Witcher 3, an “unreleased version of Witcher 3” and spinoff card game Gwent.

They threatened to release the games’ source code, along with documents from the  Polish games company’s accounting, legal and other departments if they don’t “come to an agreement.”

CD Projekt doesn’t think any personal data of players or users of its services have been compromised, and said it won’t give in to the hackers’ demands or negotiate with them.

The ransom note alluded to Cyberpunk’s rocky launch in December. Console versions of CD Project’s massively hyped sci-fi game were beset with performance issues and bugs, even on the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X. 

Sony and Microsoft both removed Cyberpunk from their digital stores and offered refunds to unhappy customers after widespread reports that the game was nearly unplayable on base PS4 and Xbox One hardware (the original 2013 versions of the consoles). 

The developer’s co-founder ultimately acknowledged in an apology video that the console version of its game “did not meet the quality standard we wanted it to meet” and outlined its plans for fixing the problems through patches.

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