CD Projekt Red Uses DMCA to Stop Distribution of Stolen Code

 

CD Projekt Red Uses DMCA to Stop Distribution of Stolen Code

Developer CD Projekt Red (CDPR) forced Twitter to delete several tweets containing links to company data stolen by hackers and leaked online last week.


On Thursday, CDPR notified at least two Twitter users of the deletion by sending them an email through a copyright monitoring firm.


“Description of violation: Illegally obtained source code for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. Posted without permission, not intended for publication, ”says the DMCA Notice.


One of the users who received the notification and removed their tweet said that the tweet contained a torrent link to download the source code for the CDPR Gwent game.


“Let's just say I didn't expect this,” the user said.


The email also included links to tweets posted by three other users. These tweets have also been removed and replaced with a standard Twitter post stating that the tweet "was closed in response to a copyright holder's report."


This news came after CD Projekt Red was the victim of a cyber attack. Several unknown criminals hacked into CD Projekt Red's servers and threatened to reveal the source code of several objects belonging to the developer, including The Witcher 3 and the aforementioned card game Gwent. In response, CD Projekt Red shared the email they received with Twitter and told fans that they would "not be in talks with the actor."


Since then, Gwent's source code has allegedly been sold on the darknet through an auction. The auction began with an initial offer of $ 1 million at a purchase price of $ 7 million, although the hacker group responsible for the cyberattack accepted the offer from an unknown source. The sale provided that the source code was not subject to redistribution or resale, which the buyer clearly ignored.


Many analysts covering the hack have speculated that the attack could have been a plot to revenge a current or former employee, hinting that it might have been an internal job. Development of CD Projekt's latest game, Cyberpunk 2077, appeared to be very difficult, with many executives blaming the developers for the poor quality of the PS4 and Xbox One game.


Right now, CD Projekt Red seems to be dealing with the situation and using whatever it has at its disposal to try and stop the distribution of its stolen code. The developer has every right to use the DMCA to remove this type of content from social media, but it looks like code that CD Projekt Red would not want to make publicly available is circulating in the darkest depths of the Internet.

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