Earlier this month, CD Projekt Red suffered a hack that stole the source code of Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Gwent from its servers. Links for the files are now popping up all over the internet, and the studio is playing whack-a-mole by issuing DMCA claims to anyone who decides to share access.
"Hello CD Projekt! You have been EPICALLY pwned," said the note from the people holding the code for ransom. Yes, though the situation is tragic, the authors of the hack decided to turn back time to 2008 with their message, which was bizarre. "We have dumped FULL copies of the source codes from your Perforce server for Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3, Gwent, and the unreleased version of The Witcher 3!!! We have also dumped all of your documents related to accounting, administration, legal, HR, investor relations, and more!" they bragged.
It was originally theorised to be an inside job, as it was reported that CD Projekt Red staff were irritated by the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 after they repeatedly told managers that the game wouldn't be ready for its release date. But, the studio explained that it is working with authorities to ascertain how and why this happened, so it's clear that if there was a leak, it would have been discovered in these preliminary steps. While the investigation continued, the source code was allegedly sold for $1 million and the buyer is currently unknown. Sadly, it isn't CD Projekt Red who seized the opportunity to safeguard their property, because links to access the source code for Gwent are appearing all over the shop.
But, the studio is stopping those who try to share the links in their tracks. According to Vice, a handful of Twitter accounts were struck with a DMCA takedown, sent to them through a copyright monitoring firm. "Description of infringement: Illegally obtained source code of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. Posted without authorisation, not intended to be released to the public," read the notice. In an interview, one of the people behind these Twitter accounts said "it wasn't anything I didn't expect."
The internet is an enormous space, and though CD Projekt Red is a big fish, it isn't possibly able to find all of these links and stamp them out before the damage is done. At the moment, we are still in the dark about the progress of the investigation and who the culprit might be. We'll let you know as soon as the studio issues an update.
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