‘The Witcher’ developer ransomed over new game material

If you have anything of value, the bad guys are targeting it. We saw this with the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie and here it is again targeting the company behind “The Witcher” games as they develop a new game called “Cyberpunk 2077” which was first announced in 2013.  Imagine the cost associated with that much development time and the value of it to the company.

While this isn’t ransomware, it poses the same basic issue. You are going to lose something of value if you don’t pay up. In this case, the IP (Intellectual Property) of the developer could quickly find itself in the wild and any competitive advantages they may have had could be lost. It could be even worse if something like the source code were dumped.

Hopefully it work out for them

A tweet from CD Projekt Red addressing this:

Erich Kron is the Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4, and has over 20 years’ experience in the medical, aerospace manufacturing and defense fields. He is the former security manager for the US Army 2nd Regional Cyber Center-Western Hemisphere.

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