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CD Projekt Hack Locked Employees Out of Workstations

CD Projekt Red employees have been unable to access their workstations for weeks.
CD Projekt Red employees have been unable to access their workstations for weeks. / Photo courtesy of CD Projekt Red

The ransomware attack on CD Projekt locked most of the company's employees out of their workstations for more than two weeks, Bloomberg reports, decimating the company's productivity and leading directly to Wednesday's Cyberpunk 2077 update delay.

Employees are still unable to log into the company's virtual private network, per Bloomberg, making it impossible to access the tools they need to do most of their jobs. As many of these employees were already working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this hack has made working at all an all but futile effort.

The hack may also have exposed the personal information of many employees, including their Polish identification numbers and passport details. CD Projekt advised employees to freeze their accounts and report the security breach and asked them to send their computers to the company's IT team to check for malware.

The hack couldn't have come at a worse time for CD Projekt, as it scrambles to recover from the disastrous launch of Cyberpunk 2077. Fixing the game's performance problems is the company's primary focus, and the hack has forced it to delay the release of Patch 1.2. The company did not reveal the scope of the ransomware attack's effect on its workers' productivity in announcing the delay.

CD Projekt revealed Feb. 9 that hackers had stolen a treasure trove of the company's data, including source code for Cyberpunk, The Witcher 3 and Gwent among other things. After it declined to negotiate with the hackers, they sold the totality of the data to an anonymous buyer for an undisclosed sum. As a condition of the deal, the data will remain unpublished.