Hackers are not nice people. They access private, personal information and either share it without consent or attempt to blackmail the owner. If you’ve ever had this happen to you, then you will know the anguish it causes. Losing your work files or your personal photo’s can be heartbreaking.
CD PROJEKT RED, creators of the Witcher game series, have been the recipient of such a hack. Earlier today CD PROJEKT RED announced they had been subject to a hack where the hackers had gained ‘early designs for the upcoming game, Cyberpunk 2077’.
In their statement, CD PROJEKT RED went on to say they were being blackmailed for the files but they will ‘not give in to the demands of the individual or individuals who contacted us’. Before adding ‘The documents are old and largely unrepresentative of the current version for the game. Still, if you’re looking forward to playing Cyberpunk 2077, it would be best for you to avoid any information not coming directly from CD PROJEKT RED.’
By making this statement CD PROJEKT RED have handled the situation perfectly. They have taken the power out of the hands of the hackers by informing their fans of the breach and potential dumping of files. By being open and transparent with their fans, they have done all they can to warn them from being disappointed by whatever the files contain.
It could have been very easy for CD PROJEKT RED to keep this information in-house and cross the potential leak when it came. Instead, they did the more dangerous thing by announcing that information on their new game was out there, but politely asked that fans do not seek it out.
Well done CD PROJEKT RED.