Cyberpunk 2077 Source Code Reportedly Up For Auction After CD Projekt Red Refuses to Pay Ransom to Hackers

Cyberpunk 2077 source codes are on auction with a starting bid of USD 1 Million.


Earlier this week the video game developer CD Projekt Red (CDPR) was targeted by the hacker with a ransomware attack. The hackers demanded ransom from the game developing company but the CDPR refuses to pay anything. It seems hackers didn’t like the refusal and have taken the source code of games like Cyberpunk 2077, Gwent, and The Witcher 3 to an online auction site. Yes! You read it correctly, the source codes are on auction with a starting bid of USD 1 Million and the full is up for sale at USD 7 million. 

Cyberpunk 2077 Source Code on Auction

A report from data security firm vx-underground confirmed that the hackers have posted the source code on Exploits forum, an online platform which is populated by hackers. As per the report, the hackers started the bid at USD 1 million for the source code to Cyberpunk 2077, card-based game Gwent, and yet to release The Witcher 3. Anyone who is willing to pay USD 7 million will immediately receive the code for all the three games. 

“Update: a mistake was made. They started bid $1kk. This was assumed as a typo for $1,000. They meant $1,000,000. They are also selling immediately for $7,000,000,” reads the vx-underground Twitter post. 

A cybersecurity firm called KELA which is specialized in providing threat intelligence to the company also confirmed that the auction seems to be legitimate and the hackers are not bluffing the CDPR.

“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 told The Verge. As per KELA, the auction is offering source codes of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales spinoff, and the recently released Cyberpunk 2077.

This comes after CD Projekt Red refuses to fulfil the hackers’ demand. Hackers gave them 48 hours to come to an agreement or else they will sell or leak the source codes. The developers of the game noted the malicious actors gaining access to the company’s server and confirmed that the personal data is secure. The company is working with the law to investigate the entire attack and get the hackers behind the back.