CD Projekt ransomware hack severely disrupts work on Cyberpunk updates


The Polish company had planned to release a patch to fix bugs and other issues in the game this month, but said ‘the recent cyberattack on the studio’s IT infrastructure and extensive scope of the update mean this unfortunately will not happen’. — AFP

CD Projekt SA said on Feb 24 it will delay a promised update to the much-criticised role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077, pinning the blame for its slow progress on a recent security breach. As a result of the ransomware attack, which was disclosed on Feb 9, most of its employees have been locked out of their workstations for the past two weeks, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Polish company had planned to release a patch to fix bugs and other issues in the game this month. But “the recent cyberattack on the studio’s IT infrastructure and extensive scope of the update mean this unfortunately will not happen”, the company said in a tweet. It now aims to release the patch in the second half of March.

The work stoppage poses a major setback to CD Projekt’s attempt to rescue a game in desperate need of repairs.

CD Projekt has said it refused to pay a ransom to the hackers and it has “cut off remote access to internal network resources and isolated the internal network from the Internet”, according to a statement from the company to former employees on Feb 17.

As a result, employees remain unable to log onto the company’s virtual private network, making it impossible to access the systems and tools needed to do most of their jobs, said the people, requesting anonymity because they weren’t authorised to talk publicly. Although some CD Projekt employees are working from the headquarters in Warsaw, the majority are at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. When asked for comment, CD Projekt referred to the Feb 17 letter.

Despite the unplanned vacation, the hack has been a nightmare for employees. The invaders may have had access to their personal information including Polish identification numbers and passport details, leading the company to tell staff to freeze their accounts and report the security breach to relevant parties, said the people familiar with the matter. Workers were also asked to ship their computers to the company’s IT staff to be scanned for malware or other intrusions, the people said.

Since Cyberpunk 2077’s unsuccessful release in December, CD Projekt has been working to improve the game in hopes of spinning a redemption story. One software patch, released last month, focused on bugs and stability issues. – Bloomberg

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Next In Tech News

TikTok founder’s US$60bil fortune places him among the world’s richest people
Civil groups want EU lawmakers to boost privacy rights in planned WhatsApp, Skype rules
Remember the ‘Leave Britney alone’ video? Its creator sold it as an NFT for over US$44,000
WhatsApp releases new sticker pack for Ramadan
Hillbilly Elegy’s Vance leaves board after controversial tweets
Europeans want digital euro to be private, safe and cheap: ECB survey
Coinbase listing marks latest step in crypto's march to the mainstream
Buying diamonds in lockdown? WhatsApp can be your best friend
Digi offers 100GB high speed data pass at RM7, available from 3am to 7am
Maybank warns of new fake banking website created to steal customer details

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers