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CD Projekt Red uses DMCA to shut down Twitter accounts sharing stolen source code of its games

As you may already know, Polish game developer CD Projekt Red has been in the limelight since Cyberpunk 2077 was released on the PC as well as consoles. Just few months ago, CDPR was under investigation by Poland’s Consumer Protection Agency over Cyberpunk 2077’s troubled launch. CDPR also issued an official apology statement afterwards.

Recently, CD Projekt RED also announced on Twitter that the company was a victim of a targeted cyberattack on its internal network. The attacker group and individual gained access to the company’s sensitive data, after hacking into CD Projekt’s servers. The company’s internal systems were severely compromised.

The hacker group claimed to have the source code of the company’s most popular titles, including Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Gwent, and an unreleased version of The Witcher 3 game. The computer that was compromised was a “Perforce server” for data sharing and versioning.

It now appears that CDPR is taking some measures against the hacked stolen game code which is being distributed online. The company has issued DMCA takedowns against multiple Twitter users, as reported by Vice. The company plans to mitigate some of the damage by filing DMCA takedown notice against Twitter users posting online links to the stolen source code.

Several tweets have been taken down recently which contained the torrent links to the developer’s stolen game codes. Several Twitter users have received notifications from a copyright monitoring company for providing torrent links containing the source code. The Twitter users told that they have indeed received DMCA notices for posting the source code of CDPR’s most popular titles.

As the DMCA takedown notice reads:

“Description of infringement: Illegally obtained source code of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. Posted without authorisation, not intended to be released to the public”.

Apart from this, three other users also had their tweets taken down, which have since been replaced with an official statement from Twitter which reads: “has been withheld in response to a report from the copyright holder.”

As reported by Vice, hackers who posted the company’s leaked data online were also trying to sell other alleged unreleased data stolen from CDPR. However, one of the sellers declined to answer any questions, telling Motherboard in an online chat that they had “no interest” unless they paid $250 per question.

CDPR DMCA Twitter stolen code

All in all, it appears that CDPR has been working with various agencies to investigate this whole situation further, in an attempt to protect its property at all costs. The company has already reached out to authorities like law enforcement, IT forensic specialists, and also the president of the personal data protection office.

In case you didn’t know, CD Projekt Red’s Customer Support team recently issued a warning on Twitter against using Cyberpunk 2077 game mods from unknown sources. However, the developer released a brand new update and patch version 1.12, which addressed this vulnerability that could be used as part of a remote code execution.

Back in December 2020, Rosen Law Firm also filed a class action lawsuit against CD Projekt. The lawsuit was aimed to recover damages for CD Projekt investors under the federal securities laws.

According to the lawsuit, defendants throughout the Class Period made false and/or misleading statements to investors. CD Projekt seems to have been under hot water lately, because a total of five separate U.S.-based law firms have already filed class-action lawsuits against the company for possibly misleading investors.

CD Projekt is currently being sued by five U.S. law firms, which are: RM LawSchall LawRosen LawBragar Eagel & SquireWolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz.

But this doesn’t stop here, because if all that didn’t cause enough damage to CD Projekt’s reputation, as I reported earlier, Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection  has also opened a formal investigation into CD Projekt S.A. for Cyberpunk 2077’s performance.

Cyberpunk 2077 is now available on the PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One, and is in development for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S as well. It will be interesting to see how CD Projekt handles this whole situation.

Stay tuned for more!