Hackers are Playing No Games: CD Projekt Edition

When it comes to online entertainment, the gaming industry is at the forefront. Since the pandemic hit us, the density of video game players has increased, which, in turn, has aroused the interest of cybercriminals.

What’s up?

  • CD Projekt Red, the Polish gaming firm, announced being hit by a ransomware attack affecting its network. The group responsible for the attack goes by the name of HelloKitty and has already released the source code of Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and an unreleased version of Witcher 3. The auction for the source code started at $1 million and bids were in increments of $500,000. 
  • In addition to this, the hackers stole accounting, HR, admin, and investor relations files and claimed to release those in case of non-payment of the ransom.

About HelloKitty

The ransomware actor is not very active and the first sample was obtained in November 2020. The malware kills processes associated with security software, backup software, database and email servers, and accounting software. It is capable of targeting Windows and 1,400 processes, in total.

What else?

  • Big Huge Games, the developer for Rise of Nations and DomiNations, was hacked by an unknown attacker. Although the attack has affected company data, the developer has claimed that no personal player data has been stolen.
  • Last year, Capcom suffered a ransomware attack by RagnarLocker in which more than 1TB of confidential information was stolen.

The bottom line

The main motive of hackers behind these attacks is to make profits from the propagation of fraud and malicious attacks. Personal data is anticipated to be the end goal because it can be leveraged for the execution of further attacks. Hence, personal information should be protected at all costs. Remember, prudence is the mother of safety.

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