CD Projekt Red using DMCA notices to try to cover leaks of their source Code
A few weeks ago, developer CD Projekt Red announced they had been hacked. Allegedly, the hackers had stolen the code source for multiple CDPR games (including Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3), as well as other CDPR internal documents, and were asking for ransom money.
With CD Projekt Red stating they would not negotiate with the bad actor, the hackers put some of their threats into effect, and released the source code for card game Gwent, a few days after the hack. Links to the source code in question started spreading pretty fast, and to this day has stayed easy to find on torrent sites.
Now Vice reports that CDPR have been using the services of a copyright monitoring company to send DMCA notices to people who share links to the infringing source code of Gwent. Multiple people who shared direct links to the Gwent source code have seen their messages taken down on social media. This of course won’t stop the spread of the game’s source code, but is probably the only thing the developer can do at this point to protect their intellectual property.
In parallel, the people behind the hack allegedly ran an auction on an exploit marketplace for the remainder of the stolen code, under the name “redengine” (a reference to the developer’s gam engine).
The auction started at 1 million dollars, with a “buy now” price of 7 million. The package, which includes source code for Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3, was apparently sold successfully to a bidder, according to malware specialist site vxunderground.
Update: we have confirmed the auction has closed. Someone has indeed purchased the material.
— vx-underground (@vxunderground) February 11, 2021
Do you think we’ll see the source code of games like Cyberpunk 2077 leak online? Or will the group who purchased it use it for something else?