The Dark Web Auction For Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3 Source Code Is Reportedly Over

The Dark Web Auction For Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3 Source Code Is Reportedly Over
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The alleged hackers behind the ransomware attack on CD Projekt Red’s enterprise servers have reportedly closed the auction for the Cyberpunk 2077GWENT and The Witcher 3 source code.

Dark web monitors KELA, who were tracking the CD Projekt Red auction, posted early Friday morning Australian time that an offer was received for the stolen source code. The offer was supposedly posted external to the auction forum, so there’s no clarity on how much money may have been offered.

However, the hackers noted that the offer came with the condition that the code not be distributed any further.

KELA previously told The Verge that they believed the auction was legitimate, due to the seller’s decision to offer a guarantor and restricting bidders to those who had submitted a deposit. Screenshots showing some file lists from the stolen data also leaked online Wednesday Australian time, which certainly appear to be files related to CD Projekt’s Red Engine.

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The starting price for the auction was supposedly $US1 million, with the hackers reportedly setting an automatic sale price at $US7 million. According to KELA, the auction also included files for Thronebreaker, the single-player spin-off of GWENTThe Witcher 3Cyberpunk 2077, and other CD Projekt internal documents and data, although nobody has publicly verified the full contents of those at the time of writing.

Comments

  • Who could have bought and what will they do with it? And how can you set terms on an illegal auction?
    This is so bizarre.

    • Anyone with an interest in hacking, modding, developing, CDPR.
      He can set what ever terms he wants, if the buyer sticks to them is whole other story.

        • That was my first thought when an auction was announced. Some kind of guardian angel type deal. If not the involved parties themselves.

        • Absolutely, I meant to say competitors as well.

          It’s hardly a crazy conspiracy theory, not many companies are going to pass up a chance to get their hands on competitor secrets if it can be done quietly.

        • This is what I was thinking as well. Especially with someone like Tencent. While it is obvious if you flat out use stolen code, it is still beneficial to have it for reference for writing your own. Speeds up the process big time. Also the question on Cdpr buying it as well. High chance it would be them but they could never admit it. If there was really damaging stuff in their internal docs/memos then they might have just weighed it up as a cost factor over what it could cost if made public. Either way it would have to be a large a firm or Vc like Tencent to afford it.

    • Yeah hardly enforceable at law. But if you’re intending to be a repeat player in this kind of business, sticking to your terms is probably a sensible policy.

  • What a load of shit. “Dear sir, we stole these goods and are gaining an illegal financial advantage from the sale of it, but we must humbly require that the sale of said goods be subject to a condition that no further sale take place. Should you not adhere to the terms of said contract we will…..Hmmm. Gee…. Ummm…”

    • My understanding was the buyer paid the extra to ensure the thieves would not make copies and continue to distribute the code.

  • Literally no one cares, ok figuratively, but seriously, what going to happen, these people compile the games and give them away, so what, software piracy has existed for decades, do they fix them, it doesn’t matter, it will have zero impact on the world.

  • Will be useful for modding, but I really don’t see how this could hurt CDPR except from a legal standpoint of having other companies code in the leak.

    Does CDPR even license out the Red Engine? maybe its time they did! would really burn these hackers or anyone who bought the data.

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