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Polish game developer CD Projekt Red, the maker of games such as Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher series, disclosed today a ransomware attack.

Game companies behind Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher become the victim of a ransomware attack.

In a message published on the company’s official social media handle, the gaming studio said the incident happened yesterday when the attacker gained access to its network.

“While some devices on our network are encrypted, our backups remain intact. We have already secured our IT infrastructure and started retrieving data,” the company wrote on Facebook and Twitter.

The game maker also published a copy of the attackers’ ransom note, in which hackers claimed to have obtained copies of source code for games such as Cyberpunk 2077, Gwent, and a copy of an unreleased version of The Witcher 3 game.

Polish game developer CD Projekt Red suffers a ransomware attack
Image:CD Projekt Red

But without the threat of severe leaks, the game maker said he would not pay any ransom.

“We will not give in to the demands nor negotiate with the actor, being aware that this may eventually lead to the release of the compromised data,” the company said.

“We are still investigating the incident, however at this time we can confirm that —to our best knowledge — the compromised systems did not contain any personal data of our players or users of our services.”

The game maker said he had notified local authorities also.

CD Projekt Red now becomes the fourth major gaming studio to fall victim to a ransomware attack over the past 12 months after attacks on Ubisoft and Crytek by the Egregor gang, and the attack on Capcom by the Ragnar Locker gang.

The attacker of the CD Projekt Red attack has not been identified.

This is also the second time a ransomware group has hit the Polish company. A similar incident hit CD Projekt Red in June 2017.

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Priyanshu Vijayvargiya
Founder and Editor-in-Chief of 'Virtualattacks Inc' Priyanshu Vijayvargiya is a cybersecurity analyst, Information Security professional, developer, and a white hat hacker.

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