CD Projekt Red was the next victim of a ransomware hack. This issue has been an ongoing issue with other companies in 2020 such as Capcom, Ubisoft, and Nintendo to name a few. CD Projekt Red has taken to Twitter to announce that it was hacked and won’t pay.
For the uninitiated, ransomware is where a hacker gets into a company or individual’s server/computer(s) and locks the system making it inaccessible to the user. The purpose of ransomware is to make the company or individual pay the hacker to unlock their system for them. Most times these types of hacks lead to confidential information being unlawfully gathered and leaked.
The hacker left a ransom note saying that CDPR has 48 hours to contact them or else the source code for all their games will get leaked as well as other confidential information (including accounting/HR and legal info) being leaked to the press. The note has a lot of grammatical errors such as in the beginning saying “Your have been EPICALLY pwned!!”
CDPR did say in the statement that it has alerted the authorities and won’t negotiate with the bad actor/actors. CDPR also went on to say that some of its devices were encrypted and they have backups of all their locked info that they will soon resume restoring in working order. Lastly, CDPR stated that to its best knowledge, player data was not part of the hack.
Based on the ransom note, the hacker has stated that the leak of the info will have dire consequences for investor relations and could result in their stock going further down. CDPR stated that they have taken measures to mitigate such actions.
It should be noted that I am going to speak from an editorial perspective from here on out. So I want to commend CDPR for not caving into the demands of a hacker/hackers. Even though they had a botched launch of Cyberpunk 2077, no company no matter how bad they launched a game should be the victim of a hack and this is another thing in the long list of L’s CDPR has taken as of late. If anything, this could further derail the development of the patches and road map for Cyberpunk 2077 which is going against whatever moral high ground this hacker thinks they are standing on (which they are not).
Hopefully, we can see CD Projekt Red bounce back from this ransomware, and hopefully, no personal info leaks and no one’s livelihoods get put in jeopardy.