Last weekend, Rockstar was the victim of an unprecedented leak: 90 videos of the game Grand Theft Auto 6 in development were posted online after a hacker “illegally accessed and downloaded confidential information from [Rockstar’s] systems,” according to the company.
The leak is already among the most significant in gaming history for several reasons, the most important of which is the value of the target project: Grand Theft Auto 6 is a follow-up to the most profitable entertainment release of all time. For many, the leak is a fun and unexpected peek into one of the most anticipated video games of all time. For Rockstar and Take-Two and their investors, the hack and subsequent leak are unexpected and potentially expensive roadblocks that threaten development plans for a multi-billion dollar product.
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The spill had immediate consequences for publisher Take-Two, whose stock fell 6% after the spill, although the lasting effects won’t be clear for some time. Rockstar says development will “continue as planned,” but only time will tell how the impact will ultimately affect team morale and/or development practices on GTA 6.
After the Rockstar hack, we have compiled a list of five other big leaks that came as a result of third party intrusion (hack, theft, etc). Less serious leaks – such as Walmart Canada’s E3 2018 explosion or GeoForce Now datamine are not included. (You can find a list of these leaks grouped on our site Most notorious leaks in video game history a story.)
Half-life source code 2
In September 2003, the source code for Half-Life 2, then one of the most awaited games, was stolen from Valve’s intranet. The hacker, a German man named Axel Gimbe, allegedly shared the code with another person and then uploaded it online, according to Gimbe’s account of events with Ars Technica.
Unlike other hackers you’ll read about on this list, Gembe claims his motive was not financial. Instead, a Half-Life fan was curious about the sequel’s development progress. Despite his intentions, the actions were criminal, and Jimbey was arrested after he got caught up in a clever thriller organized by the FBI and Valve. After confessing his crimes to Valve’s Gabe Newell, Gembe sent a follow-up email asking for a job. Valve and the FBI took that opportunity to set a trap, and persuade Jimbe to explain his crime in detail during an “interview”.
Jimbei eventually confessed to his crime in court and was sentenced to two years’ probation. Half-Life 2 will be released in late 2004 to critical and commercial success. Things may have worked out with Valve, but according to Gembe’s recollection of events, German police told him he was responsible for “over $250 million in damages”.
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Source code for The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077
In February 2021, CD Projekt was the victim of a ransomware attack. Hackers accessed the company’s internal servers and pulled the source codes for The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077, Gwent and an “unreleased version of the Witcher 3”, as well as accounting and management documents.
Share CD Projekt ransom note on TwitterWhich said the company has 48 hours to respond to protect its data. The company refused to negotiate with the hackers, and days later, the source codes were reportedly sold. according to gaming industryThe hackers put the item up for auction with a starting bid of $1 million and an immediate purchase price of $7 million, although it eventually accepted an outside bid for an undisclosed amount.
In June 2021, CD Projekt acknowledged that the stolen data had been circulating online, adding that it “may include details of current/former employees and contractors as well as data related to our games.” [sic] CD Projekt said at the time that it was working with several law enforcement agencies, although there have been no public updates on the investigation in the past year since then.
Capcom upcoming games
In November 2020, Capcom suffered a ransomware attack that destroyed and encrypted data on Capcom’s servers, thus publishing its tentative release schedule until March 31, 2025. Among the leaked games were Street Fighter 6, Dragon’s Dogma 2 and Resident Evil 4 Remake – all of which were It has since been confirmed.
Capcom confirmed that the hackers left a ransom note, although “the ransom amount was not mentioned.” The company said it had “taken no steps” to contact the hacker(s). (report from sleeping computer (Across VGC(The hacking group claims it stole 1 TB of data and was demanding a ransom of $11 million in Bitcoin.)
Capcom said it is working with law enforcement in Japan and the United States. And while those investigations are not yet over, Capcom completed its own internal investigation in April 2021, according to VGC. This investigation determined that more than 15,000 accounts were definitely hacked, although the hack could affect up to 390,000 people.
In addition to the countless security costs and damages in its future projects, Capcom became the subject of an unexpected lawsuit after the hack. according to BBC, photographer Judy Jurassic has taken legal action against Capcom for alleged copyright infringement after “at least one” of her artwork appeared in leaked Capcom files. Jurassic has demanded $12 million in damages, although the case was “amicably resolved” out of court, according to ribbed.
In 2020, Nintendo was the victim of a massive hack, in which more than 2 terabytes of data was reported to have been stolen. The leak, colloquially known as “Nintendo Gigaleak,” included information on canceled games, prototypes, source codes, development tools, intercoms, and more. It’s a diversion like no other, featuring great behind-the-scenes looks at Nintendo’s secret development operations.
The SNES leak spans the eras of the 3DS. Among the most notable discoveries are a character model of Luigi in Super Mario 64, a Pokemon MMO scraper, a prototype of Yoshi’s island, and source code related to Nintendo 64, GameCube, and Wii consoles.
Given this leak regarding Nintendo’s old catalog and consoles, rather than current or upcoming releases, it’s hard to gauge the impact on Nintendo. However, during 2022 Investor InvitationNintendo appears to confirm that the leak has increased security measures, all of which certainly came at a cost.
Frostbite engine and FIFA 21 source code
In June 2021, hackers hacked EA’s systems and stole 780GB of data, including the source code for both FIFA 21 and the Frostbite Engine. As I mentioned viceHackers gained access to the EA Network after purchasing stolen cookies for $10 and entering the EA channel on the workplace messenger Slack. A representative of the hackers told Vice that, from there, they sent messages to IT support claiming they needed a new multifactor authentication code after “we lost our phone at a party last night.”
Follow-up report from vice, detailing how hackers began leaking stolen source code online after failing to blackmail EA. Frostbite source code is a particularly unique property that EA has good reason to keep confidential; It is invaluable as a blueprint for rival game engine creators and a resource for cheat makers, especially those who cheat for online shooting games created by Frostbite.
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