CD PROJEKT RED’s hacked files, which include source code for Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, have reportedly been sold just days after they were listed for auction. The news comes from vx-underground, the same individual who confirmed that the leaked data was being offered for sale on an undisclosed hacking forum yesterday.
“Rumors suggest that the auction was a success and someone has purchased the stolen CD Projekt Red data,” vx-underground tweeted this morning. “We do not know the amount in which the materials were purchased for. We cannot provide screenshots of the auction at this time.”
It isn’t clear how much CD PROJEKT RED’s hacked data was purchased for (previous coverage noted that it was being auctioned at a starting price of $1 million, alongside a “buy it now” offer of $7 million), but vx-underground did follow up their initial tweet with a screenshot that seems to confirm that a deal has been made.
“An offer was received outside the forum that satisfied us,” a message from the seller reads. “With the conditions of further non-distribution, in this regard, they were forced to withdraw the lot from sale.”
Some have speculated that the leaked data had actually been purchased by law enforcement or a government entity, but if that isn’t the case, CD PROJEKT RED might have a serious problem to contend with in the upcoming days. DRM-free copies of Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3, and Gwent could be spreading like wildfire among pirate sites very soon.
Update: we have confirmed the auction has closed. Someone has indeed purchased the material.— vx-underground (@vxunderground) February 11, 2021
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