CD Projekt Red is the victim of a cyber attack compromising its systems and ransoming its data

No player information appears to have been compromised

    
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Cyberpunk means many things.

The time since the Cyberpunk 2077 release has not been a good one for CD Projekt Red, and it appears to have gotten worse now in a way that is unrelated to bugs, lawsuits, or other such antics. The company confirmed on Twitter that it had been targeted by a direct and malicious cyber attack that supposedly breached the company’s security, compromising a variety of existing data archives including what it claims serves as source code for several games (including Cyberpunk) and various HR documentation. The hackers are apparently trying to ransom the files back.

CDPR was quick to point out that it does not believe at this time any personal data for players was compromised during the attack and is already in the process of restoring from backups and re-securing its infrastructure. There’s definitely a sort of manifest irony in the idea of the company being the target of a malicious attack in this particular manner, being that this is a company currently best-known for releasing a cyberpunk game where hackers thrive, but we’re still mostly hopeful that no one’s personal information has been compromised and all those responsible are located and brought to justice.

Source: Twitter
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Jack Tyme

Nothing is 100% secure on the internet. Anything can be eventually hacked.

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NeoWolf

There is this romanticized notion surrounding Hackers that they are secretly out there bringing down big powerful corporations and governments who are taking advantage of the little people and keeping truths from us over important issues like some technological Robin Hoods..

But as it turns out they are just a**holes interested only in lining their own pockets and target anyone indiscriminately.. how very disappointing :(

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Rndomuser

Mmm, I beg to differ. Even the bestest movie ever about hackers demonstrated that there are good hackers who do stuff just for fun or to compete with each other and there are also bad hackers who are interested only in ransoming companies for money ;-)

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NeoWolf

And yet movies aside I struggle to recall even a SINGLE instance of “good” hackers.

I guess the wiki leaks maybe, but even that’s a stretch as it does as much harm as good so not really an applicable example either..sigh.

As I said disappointing… heh

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Turing fail

“Good” is such a subjective term… There’s a funny series about Anonymous dunking on a wannabe security expert that makes me smile.

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Cory James Hill

I took up the hobby of picking locks just because I thought it would be a cool thing to learn – and an awesome urban survival skill. You would probably be surprised how easy it is to open even a “pick resistant” lock with skills you can learn in a relatively small number of hours. However, I’ve only ever worked on locks I own or have permission to pick. That’s more or less how a so-called “good” hacker works, according to some.

IMO, nothing is black/white, only shades of gray, and hacking is no different. It’s extremely subjective. Your example of wiki leaks is a good example of just that.

Cyber-security professionals get paid by their customers to hack systems and find/report/repair vulnerabilities.

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Cory James Hill

The word “hacker” is a generic term for lots of different kinds of people of various skill levels, with differing worldviews, doing different activities. The most basic and oldschool breakdowns of the term are “white hat”, “gray hat” and “black hat” and they work more or less like they sound. “Hacker” is an easy word to remember though, so everything tends to get lumped together by laypeople.

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Rndomuser

I wonder if this happened because CD Projekt Red hired incompetent people or because one of the employees intentionally allowed such remote access and shared it with someone else because this person was not treated well by the company.

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MaynardKeenanX

CDPR was targetted by a RL hacker who played….hacker on CP

Joke developer

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Jon Wax

this sounds like a 4th wall break wherein gta6 involves a story where the company that made watchdogs hacks the company that made cyberpunk for profit

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Ironwu

Great series and a great fit for the occasion! :)

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MilitiaMasterV

I got somewhere in to season 2 and lost my place and can’t remember where I was. And it was getting kinda convoluted by that point, so was hard to figure out what was going on. Need to figure out where, or start a-new and finish it..if there was an ‘end’.

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Tandor

I applaud this company for having the courage to take the right course of action in refusing to negotiate with criminal scum, and for (hopefully) having everything adequately backed up in the first place. The only reason such crimes are growing is because victims cave in and pay up.

Obviously plenty will argue that they shouldn’t have allowed themselves to be exposed in this way, but all too often companies (and public organisations) are playing catch-up in relation to these sorts of actions and it’s not always easy to take preventative measures – not least in those cases where there is inside information although I’m not suggesting that is the case here.

Lastly, I hope that law enforcement catches the bastards!

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Jon Wax

well…

we could knock the internet down for those countries that do that kinda stuff but nobody wants to talk about that…no internet, no hackz?

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Tandor

You’d have to be careful what you wished for with that approach. I remember the developers of a well-known MMO responding to player calls for a regional ban on both gold sellers and buyers and they said that if they did that it would mean closing down the game in most of the US!

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Jon Wax

well, they’re gonna knock our grid down one day.

they’ve been ransoming stuff already.

guy tried to poison florida water system

may as well stick it to them before they stick it to us. or in this case afterish.

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Dug From The Earth

Its pretty clear that this hacker/group was out for their own profit, and not some antihero trying to bring to light why the industry shouldnt trust CDPR.

I believe that if something is going to “take down” a company it should be that companies poor actions and NOT having their assets stolen and held hostage.

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Leo

Also if they were some sort of renegade hacker out for revenge, they would have just dumped all that stuff onto the internet right away