As if CD Projekt Red needed any more problems on their plate that weren’t of their own creation, it seems that the hackers who recently infiltrated the company’s infrastructure have turned out a profit on sensitive data. After source code for CD Projekt Red’s Red Engine, Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3, and Gwent were stolen from the company’s servers, the company announced they had gone to the relevant authorities, and that they wouldn’t negotiate with the data terrorists. Now, according to Cybersecurity company Kela, the hackers have de-listed their auction for the data – after requiring a starting bid of $1 million, and expecting $7 million for the entire package.
The deal apparently went through, with a condition that bars the hackers from re-selling the data to any other parties. It remains to be seen whether or not the thieves will abide by their word and the conditions reportedly set upon the sale. Of course, it is in the realm of possibility that CD Projekt Red themselves acquired the data anonymously so as to protect their corporate and technology interests – one can only imagine the repercussions of the company’s efforts being exposed this way. And despite any ill sentiment that can be levied at the company for the state of Cyberpunk 2077’s last-gen versions, I’d say that respect for the company’s developers and team should have us all on their side on this one.