Cyberpunk 2077 developers CD Projeckt Red have issued a statement stating they have been a victim of a “targeted cyber attack” which compromised some of their internal systems. The hacker claims they have managed to collect source code for Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3 including the forthcoming next-gen versions, and accounting, financial and HR information.
The hacker has told the CDPR that they have just 48 hours to contact them else the documents and source code will be leaked online. We know all this as in an extraordinary move ,the company has released the ransom note they have been sent. That’s very odd thing to do and a cynic may suggest it is to drum up online support for the developer, one who’s reputation is already rather low due to the Cyberpunk 2077 release fiasco.
CD Projeckt Red have said they do not believe any personal information of any of their players has been breached, and that they have already contacted law enforcement, forensic IT services, and the Data Protection Office and they will “closely cooperate with them in order to fully investigate this incident.”
With lawsuits hanging over them for the shonky state of the game at release and lack of transparency, the company has committed to a string of updates in 2021. The first of these arrived in January, intended to stamp out crashes, bugs, glitches and issues, and to improve performance on base PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (so that they can get Cyberpunk 2077 back onto the PlayStation Store). This forced CDPR to delay the free DLC that was planned for the start of this year, as well as postpone the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S upgrades to later in 2021.
The last thing they really needed was to start introducing new issues, which is exactly what’s happened with mods. It took just a matter of days after the Cyberpunk 2077 modding tools were released for this to be used for swapping character model so that you could have ‘joytoy’ sex with Keanu Reeve’s character Johnny Silverhands. That went a bit far for CDPR’s liking (and probably Keanu’s as well), with the company stepping in and saying that any such use of a real person’s character model must first be authorised by them.
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