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Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher 3's source code apparently sold at hacker auction

Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher 3's source code apparently sold at hacker auction

The source code for CD Projekt's The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 have been sold after being put up for auction.

That's according to cyber intelligence company Kela, which claimed on Twitter that the data has been shifted and taken from sale on the condition that they were not distributed any further. No price has been put on the deal, but the hackers who stole the source code from CD Projekt opened the auction at $1 million with a $7 million buy now fee. So we're presuming it went for $7 million.

CD Projekt announced on Monday that it had been the victim of a cyber attack which had seen bad actors infiltrate its IT infrastructure and steal not only the source codes for Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – and an unreleased version of the game that supports raytracing – as well as free-to-play card title Gwent. That's on top of internal documents pertaining to the Polish games giant's accounting, admin, legal, HR and investor relations departments.

The hackers said that CD Projekt had 48 hours to meet their demands or they'd make what they stole public. While no-one has officially come forward and claiming responsibility for the attack, many cybersecurity experts reckon that this was the work of a ransomware group called HelloKitty.

"The amount of people that are thinking this was done by a disgruntled gamer is laughable," cybersecurity firm Emsisoft's Fabian Wosar wrote on Twitter.

"Judging by the ransom note that was shared, this was done by a ransomware group we track as "HelloKitty". This has nothing to do with disgruntled gamers and is just your average ransomware."


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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