'Cyberpunk' and 'Witcher' dev CD Projekt hit with massive cyber attack

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Cyberpunk 2077 (Image credit: CD PROJEKT RED)

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  • CD Projekt's servers have been breached in a large cyber attack.
  • CD Projekt says they believe customer data is safe at this time.
  • Hackers are threatening to leak sensitive data if CD Projekt doesn't answer a ransom demand.

The developers of The Witcher series and Cyberpunk 2077 posted a notice on Twitter today, publically acknowledging a massive cyberattack that has seen the entirety of its internal servers scraped and held for ransom.

CD Projekt says that there's no reason to believe any customer data has been breached "to the best of their knowledge," although investigations are ongoing. CD Projekt also seemed to indicate that its "partners" may be impacted by the breach. The hacker's ransom note also contained threats to release sensitive documentation to the press, which supposedly contains information on sensitive areas like HR, finance, legal, and more.

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CD Projekt has already confirmed that they intend to refuse to negotiate with the hackers and that they are working with the authorities to try and resolve the situation.

CD Projekt and its developer arm CD Projekt RED have fallen under some intense scrutiny in recent years over reports of harsh working conditions at the studio, alongside misleading the public over the quality of the base Xbox One and PS4 versions of Cyberpunk 2077. There are even class-action lawsuits taking place, and the Polish government was involved in investigating the development of the game. To say things are a bit of a mess at CD Projekt right now could be an understatement.

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  • Glad they're refusing to pay. I hope they catch the criminals, that nothing is exposed that hurts the people at CDPR, and that this breach doesn't significantly impact the impressive update cadence that CDPR has had for Cyberpunk 2077 (I know, that last one is a bit selfish). Just as a general voice in support of CDPR, following the series of patches they have put out, Cyberpunk is in solid shape. There's certainly still room for improvement, but good enough that I think it now deserves to be called the greatest game ever released, at least for those of us who favor open world RPGs.
  • Definitely we have another No Man's Sky situation. No matter how stellar the support and development work will be for the next years, the game is tainted by the poison spread by the naysayers. Sure it had bugs like many other games. Those get solved with time and work. It's unfair that they can't shake that label of it being a "buggy" game. Personally I've started playing recently and I haven't found any bug so far, it's also a great game. Like NMS it succumbed to the poison that is hype culture. It's an incredible game and deserves more.
  • I agree that the game might be tainted by the early issues, and I definitely agree this hacking is completely screwed up and horrible. However, to your point about the game's reputation (nothing justifies the greedy hacker @sshats, to be clear): CDPR should have waited until it was more mature, and perhaps delayed the Xbox One and PS4 releases until they could perform better (or be VERY clear that the Xbox One X or PS4 Pro are strongly recommended). It truly seems like a management level failure where the company was not fully aware of the game's state, or didn't want to listen to anything different due to another potential delay. I agree that there have been many buggy games released too early, but the long development cycle of this game in particular and the state it shipped in is what bothered folks. On the Xbox Series S/X, PS5, and PC this games runs quite well if you have the hardware, but I won't buy it until it is discounted since my hardware will be faster, the game will be more polished and the it may have expansions and other upgrades bundled.
  • This is awful. The worst thing is that these clowns think they are doing some kind of justice? They blackmail a company and they place themselves on a moral high ground. At least CDPR create things, and employ a lot of people. These criminals are only parasites of their hard work and the renown they built with all those the man hours, sweat, and the time away from their families these workers devoted in creating their games. Even more, this is motivated by spite with the release of the game??? What's wrong with the world? What's wrong with people???
  • All your base belong to us... Ugh, don't these people have anything better to do?
  • those dang Netrunners..