Gaming giant CD PROJEKT RED – hacked. What you need to know if you have business.

You know Cyberpunk 2077? Its producer, CD Project Red, has been hacked in a ransomware attack. The consequences on the company’s valuation and reputation should catch your attention. 


How did it happen? Hackers found a gap and had accessed the internal network. This is very typical – hackers are looking for gaps and attack, where it’s easiest to do so. In this case, they digitally scrambled some of its data servers and tried to blackmail it. The perpetrators claim to have stolen source code for several of the firm’s games which they said they would leak unless a payment was made.


CD Project Red didn’t want to negotiate. In a statement on Twitter, they posted a copy of the ransom note which said the hackers had copied code from Cyberpunk 2077, Gwent, and Witcher 3, including an unreleased version of the latter. “We have also dumped all of your documents relating to accounting, administration legal, HR, investor relations and more!” the note added. „Dumping” means copying the information to an external source. “If we will not come to an agreement, then your source codes will be sold or leaked online and your documents will be sent to our contacts in gaming journalism,” read the note, giving a deadline of 48 hours.


Company doesn’t give much information about how the story ended regarding hackers’ demands. However, delays in further development caused stock market valuation drop, ruined marketing plan, not to mention reputational damages.


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