CD Projekt Red, the developers behind Cyberpunk 2077 recently fell victim to a ransomware attack, with the hackers threatening to release or sell the stolen information if the two parties could not come to an agreement. Now, it looks like the hackers kept their promise and recently sold off the stolen data to an unknown party.
According to The Verge, the stolen data, which includes code from Cyberpunk 2077 was being sold on an auction on a hacking forum and that auction has recently been shut down after reportedly accepting an offer from elsewhere. Cybersecurity firm Kela confirmed the auction had closed with a screenshot of a post on the hacking forum.
Just in: #CDProjektRed AUCTION IS CLOSED. #Hackers auctioned off stolen source code for the #RedEngine and #CDPR game releases, and have just announced that a satisfying offer from outside the forum was received, with the condition of no further distribution or selling. pic.twitter.com/4Z2zoZlkV6
— KELA (@Intel_by_KELA) February 11, 2021
The hackers set a starting price of $1 million for Cyberpunk 2077 source code, with a ‘buy-it-now’ price of $7 million, according to The Verge. It’s not clear yet who exactly purchased the data, how much they paid for it, and what they plan on doing with the newly acquired information.
The hackers have not announced who they are or if they’re part of a larger organisation, for obvious reasons, but a security researcher recently told Wired that he believed the ransomware attack made use of ‘HelloKitty ransomware’, a type of malware that encrypts files and demands a ransom to decrypt them. The same malware was used to hack a Brazilian power company called CEMIG.