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CD Projekt Red takes advantage of DMCA to kill tweets that link to stolen game data

CD Projekt Red is the videogame developer behind one of the most popular video games of 2020, Cyberpunk 2077. That game was highly anticipated but launched with such tremendous problems that turned its developer’s responsibility and angered players around the world who had waited years to play the game . The company announced not long ago that hackers had accessed its servers and stole game data that had been leaked over the Internet.

As you might expect, there were many users linking to this stolen data via Twitter and other social networks. CD Projekt Red is said to use DMCA Removal requests to remove Tweets that link to that stolen data. Reports indicate that last Thursday, at least two Twitter users were notified of DMCA removal requests via email from the copyright watchdog.

Reports indicate that the emails included descriptions of the violation which included a link to illegally obtain the source code for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game that was republished without permission and was not supposed to be publicly released. One of the people who deleted a tweet containing a link to the material said that the link led to a torrent to allow others to download the source code.

The DMCA takedown notice targeted at least three other Twitter users. They have replaced their tweets with the standard Twitter message indicating that the content had been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder. CD Projekt Red announced that it had been hacked last week and posted a screenshot of the ransomware requested by hackers.

The game developer refused to cooperate with the hackers and did not pay any ransom. The hackers are reportedly trying to sell other data they got during their attack.

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