Earlier in the week, developer CD Projekt announced that its servers had been attacked and, as a result, they had been victims of information theft
The hackers left a message claiming to have stolen the source code of several games from the studio, including Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witch 3, and threatened to publish them on the Internet if their demands were not met.
The video game studio posted on Twitter that it had no intention of paying, and as a result, cybercriminals put the source code up for auction on an internet forum.
Now, according to a recent tweet, the attackers have managed to auction off the source code of these games. According to a message left by this group of criminals, they received an offer that satisfied them.
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 auction started with an initial bid of $ 1 million, although apparently there has been someone interested in paying $ 7 million. They have also revealed that the code has been sold on the condition of no further distribution.
Obviously, we have no idea who was willing to pay so much for the game’s source codes, but comments on Twitter seem to suggest that CD Projekt itself may have bought it.
After all the time and resources they put into developing these games, they might not want someone else to get hold of such valuable information.