The hackers that compromised the systems of video game developer CD Projekt Red with a ransomware attack are now auctioning off the stolen source code they acquired for potential millions of dollars.
CD Projekt Red first revealed the attack after learning of it on Monday 8th February 2021. The hack compromised critical game code related to high-profile releases like The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077. The game’s developer had said at the time that it had no intention of meeting the hackers’ demands. CD Projekt Red was also adamant it won’t change its stance even if the hackers began circulating it data online.
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Already, it appears that the files are beginning to circulate online. Leaks of the potentially legitimate source code information had started surfacing on online forums. Twitter cybersecurity account @vx-underground points this out in a tweet:
CD Projekt Red’s ransomed data has been leaked online. pic.twitter.com/T4Zzqfn78F
— vx-underground (@vxunderground) February 10, 2021
The account believes that the initial leak contains the source code of the CD Projekt Red’s virtual card game Gwent. Vx-underground also says that auctions for the more valuable source codes were happening on Exploit, a hacking forum.
Cybersecurity firm, KELA, says it believes that the auctions are legitimate according to The Verge. KELA specializes in providing threat intelligence to companies based on analyses of dark web websites and communities.
“We do believe that this is a real auction by a real seller who accessed the data. The seller offers to use a guarantor and he allows only those who have a deposit to participate — a tactic that is used by many sellers to show that they are serious and to ensure that no scam will occur,” a spokesperson for KELA says.
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