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CDPR's stolen data successfully auctioned off to anonymous buyer

Published: 16:11, 11 February 2021
CD Projekt Red
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After the attack on CDPR resulted in the theft of source code for The Witcher 3, Gwent and Cyberpunk 2077, the perpetrators put it up for an auction, a successful one we learn.

It turns out that some of the source code was indeed from the company's RedEngine, which surely makes matters quite complicated for CDRP. Either way, numerous reports point to the auction being done and dusted. 

KELA, a Dark Web monitoring organisation, wrote, "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."

Vx-Underground confirmed the story although they could not confirm the price the data went for, or provide screenshots of the deal. 

According to the initial plan for the auction, The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 data started priced at $1 million, so the expectations were clearly much, much higher. The entire data dump was apparently offered for $7 million, although we're not sure whether this is the price that was ultimately offered by the anonymous buyer. 

At the time, the developer said they won't be playing ball when it comes to any ransoms, even though the note left behind by hackers mentioned other valuable data. 

"We have also dumped all of your documents relating to accounting, administration, legal, HR, investor relations and more", they wrote.

Many seem to believe that the anonymous buyer is, in fact, CDPR, since securing the lost data this way is easier than explaining how corporate data found its way out. This indeed sounds like the best possible scenario, but there's no way of confirming it at the moment.

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