Hackers were able to acquire the source code of “Cyberpunk 2077” and “Witcher 3.” They are currently selling both games’ source code for millions of dollars on an underground digital market. The cybercriminals did this since CD Projekt refused to provide the ransom they were asking for.
A Reddit post that a game’s source code is important since it contains all the files and software codes needed by the developer to create their product. The post also explained that not all titles are built on top of some kind of “game engine.”
However, popular game engines such as Unreal Engine, CryEngine, and Unity 3D, usually create their own software codes. This means that CD Projekt Red’s “Cyberpunk 2077” could also be running on some kind of unique codes. But, if they are leaked, this could allow other developers to create their own games that can match the popular role-playing and shooting title.
As of the moment, the hackers who targeted “Cyberpunk 2077” and “Witcher 3” are offering the games’ source codes, which could really attract the attention of other developers, as well as different online attackers. CD Projekt Red said that it has no plan to provide the hackers’ demands as of the moment. The developer said that it doesn’t want to release any money, even if the online attackers publish the game’s source codes.
And since CD Projekt Red didn’t provide the ransom demand that the cybercriminals are asking for, the expected thing is now happening. They are currently leaking what seems to be “Cyberpunk 2077” and “Witcher 3” legitimate source code information on different online forums.
“Cyberpunk 2077” source code
The Twitter account vx-underground is the one that posted the source codes of the games. The account said that “this is the source code to ‘Gwent’ card game. Witcher 3, CyberPunk 2077, etc is being auctioned today on EXPLOIT forums at a starting bid of $1,000USD. The ransomware authors said they will not be auctioning data anywhere else – any other location other than EXPLOIT is fake.”
The Twitter user vx-underground added that “a mistake was made. They stated starting bid $1kk. This was assumed as a typo for $1,000. They meant $1,000,000. They are also selling immediately for $7,000,000.”
The first file leaked was believed to include the source code of the CD Projekt Red’s virtual card game called “Gwent.” On the other hand, the leaker said that the source codes are being auctioned on a hacking forum called Exploit. As of the moment, CD Projekt Red hasn’t released any statement regarding the alleged breached source code of its game.
However, the cybersecurity firm KELA said that there’s a high chance that the auction is real. It said that the file’s seller offers to use a guarantor and he allows only those who have deposited to participate. This tactic is used by many sellers to show that they are serious and to ensure that no scams or other fraudulent acts will take place.
Victoria Kivilevich, KELA’s threat intelligence analyst, was able to download some of the information, which was provided by an anonymous individual that was allegedly involved with the auctions. The security analysts claimed that the data provided is a legit source code.
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