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'The Witcher 3' Source Code Reportedly Being Auctioned Online After Hack

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'The Witcher 3' Source Code Reportedly Being Auctioned Online After Hack

Earlier this week it was reported that CD Projekt RED had been hacked. The company made the announcement that a cyber attack on their data had stolen files including source code of Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and card game Gwent according to the ransom note. Although CDPR has looked for evidence of personal data being stolen, it doesn't look like that information has been leaked, which is a small silver lining.

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CD Projekt has held its ground, unwilling to bargain with the ransomers and so, just as the note says, the ransomers are selling the data. According to a report from Tom's Hardware, the Witcher 3's source code went up for auction. VX Underground on Twitter has images of the source code to Gwent that has allegedly already been leaked, while The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077's source code was up for auction on Exploit Forums.


Although it was first thought that the ransomers were starting the bidding at $1,000 USD, this is a mistake. The actual starting price was $1 million. According to another Twitter account, (DrFurfagMD) the ransomers sold immediately for $7 million USD.

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CD Projekt's original response to the ransom threat mentioned that the team was working closely with the relevant authorities to discover who is behind this act. So it's safe to assume, whoever it is, was selling the source code in the deepest parts of the internet, away from the ordinary prying eyes of the world.

CD Projekt still has backups of all the code that was stolen, it seems, so who knows what someone may do with the source code of the games that have been stolen. Especially when they've apparently paid millions for it. No matter how much someone may have disliked Cyberpunk 2077 or CD Projekt, there is no way these actions are justified and we hope that the relevant parties are caught.

Featured Image Credit: CD Projekt

Topics: News, The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red

Imogen Mellor
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