Cyberpunk 2077 Files Being Held for Ransom, CD Projekt Red Says

They will not comply, which means 'old and largely unrepresentative' assets from the game may be released soon.


We've all heard of ransomware where malicious software locks up your computer and you are told you need to pay to get everything back. Well it looks like a variation of that has hit CD Projekt Red and their upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 game.

A letter released by the company to gamers details the scenario, where "an individual or indivdiuals" contacted CDR to say they had Cyberpunk 2077 files in their possession. A pay-or-we-release-them demand was made, but CDPR isn't biting. 

"We will not be giving in to the demands of the individual or individuals that have contacted us, which might eventually lead to the files being published online," the company's letter said. "The appropriate legal authorities will be informed about the situation." 

CD Projekt Red added that the assets involved for Cyberpunk 2077 are "old and largely unrepresentative" of the current state of the game, but advised anyone interested in not having the game spoiled to avoid looking at them if they are eventually released.

Hopefully, legitimate game media will avoid publishing any "leaks" on Cyberpunk 2077, especially if their source asks them to pay.

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    June 8, 2017 9:10 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Cyberpunk 2077 Files Being Held for Ransom, CD Projekt Red Says

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      June 8, 2017 9:15 AM

      Wow, sounds very similar to what happened with Half Life 2

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        June 8, 2017 9:45 AM

        And that worked out real well for the hacker. I wonder why morons think they can get away with shit like this?

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      June 8, 2017 9:34 AM


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      June 8, 2017 9:36 AM


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      June 8, 2017 11:33 AM

      A cyberpunk game impacted by a cyberpunk crime? It's super shitty, but, I mean, right? That's a tiny bit funny?

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        June 8, 2017 11:42 AM

        Sounds like they need to send some Shadowrunners to get their paydata back.

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          June 8, 2017 12:00 PM

          In the Shadowrun game I'm playing in, we're currently on a mission to drop a AA rated game conglomerate down to just a single A rating (Mitsuhamagave us an offer we couldn't refuse) and it did involve stealing the asset and code repositories for a big upcoming game aimed at the UCAS market.

          Our team chose a different route from ransom though.

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            June 8, 2017 12:06 PM

            kill everything?

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              June 8, 2017 12:33 PM

              Carefully modified it to give the appearance that the game has ties to and is promoting human first policlubs, then released that into the wild. After giving that time to simmer into the public spotlight we anonymously helped organize a rainbow collation of metahumans to have a public protest at the headquarters of the company.

              At this protest one of us in disguise will speak and be publicly shot (hopefully by our fake shooter and not a real one) which is not just for political attention but also it's a distraction for the rest of the team who will be destroying the company's manufacturing plant on the other side of Tacoma, mimicking the signature of another group of runners that have been giving us trouble.

              Next session starts with the protest, I'm excited to see how this all goes wrong.

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            June 8, 2017 12:40 PM

            In my campaign that I'm running I had my party steal biometric data to sneak onto a black-ops corp flight to a secret research base as a pretext to shoot them down mid-flight to have them explore a wasteland type scenario. It's partly based on a weird dream I had where I was a part of a post-apocalypse group that were trying to survive and rebuild within a large skyscraper. I'm basically trapping them in this wasteland area until they can build up enough to take out a super nasty dude. I haven't fully fleshed out the bad guy yet other than he's got an army of bio-engineered troglodyte creatures.

            I'm going to need to give them some serious rewards for doing this though, since the job they were hired for is not going to happen lol.

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              June 8, 2017 12:55 PM

              That sounds like something that could take place in an isolated part of the Southwest US (aka Northern Azetlan), and the super nasty dude could be part of a secret weapons program run by Aztechnology; blood magic and bioware combined into monstrosities?

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                June 8, 2017 12:58 PM

                I'm using Oklahoma City and essentially the Devon Tower. Everyone in the group either lives here or used to live here. I'm not quite sure they've worked out exactly that it is OKC, but I'm not trying to hide it that well.

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        June 8, 2017 11:45 AM

        its the game dressed as a game disguised as another game

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        June 8, 2017 1:08 PM

        Hackers aren't cyberpunks.

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          June 8, 2017 1:47 PM

          No, not inherently, motivations and targets do matter. I should have worded that more carefully with a few parentheticals and an asterisk like I usually do, but I was feeling lazy.

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      June 8, 2017 11:40 AM

      oh crud.

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      June 8, 2017 12:17 PM

      Fake news. Marketing ploy and during e3 the hackers will take over and show us the game.

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        June 8, 2017 12:22 PM

        Maybe Sombra's behind it.

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        June 8, 2017 1:38 PM

        Not the worst marketing stunt I've ever heard of.

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        June 8, 2017 1:43 PM

        I'm usually inclined to suspect a marketing ploy, but this sort of incident would involve authorities both at the local and national levels. It would be an ill-conceived idea on CD Projekt's part to cry white wolf for the sake of promoting the game.

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        June 8, 2017 3:06 PM

        This would be pretty genius

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      June 8, 2017 12:20 PM

      Shacknews Security Group will provide our services to prevent future intrusions or IP theft for alpha access to the game.

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      June 8, 2017 12:22 PM

      this irks me

      glad they aren't giving in

      regardless what happens im buying the game.
      i just hope this doesn't cause them huge setbacks in dev time/cost.

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        June 8, 2017 3:45 PM

        Yeah, they're response should be 'oh no please don't show people our badass fucking game that's gonna melt faces'

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      June 8, 2017 4:16 PM

      That is fucked up.

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      June 8, 2017 4:20 PM

      Recalls the days when the HL2 E3 demo was leaked.

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      June 8, 2017 5:09 PM

      Soon we'll see EA unexpectedly announce the development of TechHack 2120, a bold and completely original game franchise

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      June 8, 2017 7:26 PM

      Half-Life 3 delayed.

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