What Cyberpunk 2077 was missing: now they use it to mask ransomware for Android

Cyberpunk 2077

Sometimes it rains in the wet, and it seems that in the case of Cyberpunk 2077 we are talking about flood upon the flood. And there is no doubt that an (important) part of their problems is directly related to their “questionable” practices at the launch of what was called to be the game of the year, but on the other hand, it is also true that there are people who intend to do the August on account of the title of CD Projekt Red, dirtying, even more, an image that, at this point, is not priced too high.

The disastrous launch of Cyberpunk 2077 for the previous generation base consoles has resulted in criticism of the company, Sony, and Microsoft returning the money to disappointed buyers and, as we learned yesterday, some investors considering suing CD Projekt Red for having hidden information about the actual state of development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Information that, had it been made public before the launch, would have substantially penalized its sales, but in return, it would have avoided the image crisis, returns, and possible legal problems.

All of these, as I said before, is Cyberpunk 2077 problems for which we can directly hold CD Projekt Red responsible, but there are also others in which the studio is another victim, and such is the case of the version of the game that recently appeared. in various repositories for Android. An unexpected surprise, since the study had never discussed a version for mobile devices.

Unfortunately, and as it usually happens in these cases, after a tempting and unexpected surprise, in reality, a security threat is found. As reported by cybersecurity expert Tatyana Shishkova through her Twitter account, a download that pretended to be the (non-existent) version of Cyberpunk 2077 for Android, is actually a pathogen that, once installed on the device, encrypts data from it and demands a ransom of $ 500 for the victim to retrieve their files.

Fortunately, a little research has allowed Shishkova to find out how those affected can find out the decryption key for this ransomware that masquerades as Cyberpunk 2077 without having to pay the ransom, as explained in this other tweet. And, fortunately, the key is found in the malware itself, so it is possible to find out and use it to decrypt the files.

This is one of those golden occasions to remember that a key element in safety is to act wisely. If CD Projekt Red has never discussed a version of Cyberpunk 2077 for Android if the supposed game is not in Google Play but is in third-party repositories and if there is no mention of this version on the developer’s website … the best thing is to pass by.