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Cyberpunk 2077 studio falls victim to ransomware attack, data leak threatened

CD Projekt says it’s been hacked by attackers who’ve been able to access its internal network, encrypt some devices, and collect “certain data” from the Polish video game company. The Cyberpunk 2077 developer says it will not give in to the demands or negotiate with the attacker, and does not believe any personal data of players or service users has been compromised.

In a tweet disclosing the hack, the company shared the ransom note left by the hackers, who claim to have accessed the source code for Cyberpunk 2077, Witcher 3, Gwent, and an “unreleased version of Witcher 3.” The hackers are threatening to release the source code alongside internal legal, HR, and financial documents “if we will not come to an agreement.”

In its statement, CD Projekt says that it has secured its IT infrastructure, and has begun restoring its data from intact backups. It says it has informed the “relevant authorities” as well as IT forensic specialists.

The attack follows the developer’s troubled launch of Cyberpunk 2077. The game released with numerous bugs and performance issues on PC, and was almost unplayable on older consoles. Sony subsequently pulled the game from the PlayStation Store and offered refunds to players, while Microsoft is also offering refunds.

CD Projekt has been subjected to intense criticism for releasing the game in what critics claim is an unfinished state. The company has vowed to address Cyberpunk 2077’s performance issues with a series of patches. It’s now facing a lawsuit from investors who claim they were misled about the game’s performance prior to release. The developer has also been criticized over reports that its employees were forced to work long hours in the months leading up to the game’s release.



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OnePlus 9 Pro hands-on leak suggests an interesting new detail

Despite its general popularity, OnePlus hasn’t really been known for doing well in one particular aspect. Of course, it has tried to play down its flaws through its marketing but even CEO Pete Lau eventually admitted that its cameras really need to step up to the competition. He promised to do so and not without some external help. Given how its cousins Vivo and OPPO have partnered with ZEISS and Leica, respectively, it was expected that OnePlus would do likewise. Few, however, probably expected that it would tie-up with one of the least likely optics experts, at least based on this still shady leak.

Smartphone cameras are just as complicated as their distant full digital camera cousins and now all smartphone manufacturers have the expertise to pull off great feats. Some simply slap on mass-produced components, like sensors from Sony, Samsung, or OV, but others also try to strike up a partnership with some big names in the camera industry. In the past few months, Chinese manufacturers have announced such ventures to improve their chances but that still makes OnePlus’ potential partner a complete surprise.

It was largely expected that OnePlus would partner with Leica, based at least on one leak and on OPPO’s partnership with the optics company. As far as smartphone cameras go, Leica definitely has experience dealing with manufacturers and the peculiarities of adapting camera technologies to mobile. Based on a series of hands-on photos given to YouTuber Dave Lee, however, the OnePlus 9 Pro will be bearing Hasselblad’s mark instead.

Hasselblad is admittedly no stranger to smartphones but, compared to Leica and ZEISS, it rarely lends its name to them. When it does so, it often costs quite a hefty sum which will naturally fall on consumers in the long run. Having a camera expert’s name on the OnePlus 9 Pro’s back also doesn’t immediately make it better so we’ll have to see how the team-up will actually play out in practice, presuming this is the real deal.

The hands-on photos also reveal other details, like the phone’s presumably thinner metal frame that required a unique design to fit the side buttons. There might also be 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage as well as a 120Hz 1440p screen. None of these is exactly new and it will definitely be down to those cameras to make the OnePlus 9 Pro interesting.

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Huawei Mate X2 leak suggests it could surpass the Galaxy Z Fold 2

Huawei will be launching another foldable phone this month, that much is already established. Whether there will be a market to receive it warmly is, however, still uncertain. Few details about the Huawei Mate X2 are available and those that are disappointingly point to what may be a Galaxy Z Fold 2 clone. The latest piece of the unofficial puzzle to fall in place, however, turns the table on Samsung, making the Mate X2 foldable phone potentially more interesting if not better than Samsung’s take.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 fixes the design and mechanical flaws of the first Galaxy Z Fold. It banished the odd notch on the larger main screen and extended the external “Cover Display” to cover almost the entire surface of the phone’s back half. Samsung also refined the design to be thinner but, at least compared to the Surface Duo, it still needed a lot of work in that direction.

According to a leak on Weibo from Digital Chat Station, the Huawei Mate X2 will one-up even the Galaxy Z Fold 2. For one, it would be thin and light, perhaps even more than Samsung’s current foldable phone. The second screen on the outside also covers the entire surface but has not one but two cameras in an elongated punch-hole cutout.

More curious, however, is the lack of any such cutout on the main screen. That suggests that either the phone will have no front-facing camera on that side or, more likely, it will be underneath the display. So far, only ZTE has tried to pull off an under-display camera in the ZTE Axon 20 5G and it wasn’t exactly that impressive.

It will definitely be impressive if Huawei is able to pull these changes off without a hitch and without also going overboard with the pricing. Unfortunately, given the company’s history and present predicament, only one of these is likely to happen.

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Leak left 243 million Brazilians’ medical records and personal info ripe for the picking

The personal information of more than 243 million Brazilians was potentially accessible for at least six months thanks to weakly encoded credentials kept in the source code of the Brazilian Ministry of Health’s website (via ZDNet). The security issue was first reported by Brazilian publication Estadão.

The personal data of anyone who had registered with Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS), Brazil’s national health system, could be viewed. That data included people’s full names, addresses, and telephone numbers, reported Estadão. The database also includes records of living and dead people as the population of Brazil was more than 211 million in 2019, according to The World Bank, which is about 32 million fewer people than the reported number of records that were potentially accessible.

The Ministry of Health’s website stored the encoded access credentials to the database of personal information in its source code, reports Estadão. However, the login and password were encoded using Base64, a method that can be easily decoded. Given that you can look at any website’s source code with a keyboard shortcut or by accessing it in a menu, potentially anyone could have found these encrypted credentials and, if they were savvy enough, decoded them to then access the personal records of Brazilians.

Health records can be quite valuable on the black market given the amount of personal information they often include. If a bad actor knew of this vulnerability, it’s very possible they could have taken this data to use for their own nefarious purposes or to sell later. The Ministry of Health has corrected the problem, according to Estadão.

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Garmin Lily smartwatch leak suggests a female target market

Smartwatches are a dime a dozen these days but, despite being targeted at the general population, some would point out how they seem to be designed more for males or at least those with larger wrists. Even those that are explicitly marketed to be for women still share the same watch and strap sizes as other models. That may be the issue that Garmin will be addressing with a new Lily smartwatch that is seemingly designed for those who prefer smaller, more discreet wearables.

There are actually quite a few smartwatches targeted at women but few can boast of coming in a comparatively petite size. According to WinFuture’s leak, the Garmin Lily will have a body of 34mm and a proprietary strap that’s only 14mm wide. In comparison, even the smallest smartwatches are 38mm big, with most sporting 40mm or 44mm bodies.

Aside from that, however, there might not be much else that will set the Garmin Lily aside from the rest of the smartwatch market. It will have your basics, like sensors for measuring heart rate, and activity tracking. It will have a pulse oximeter for measuring blood oxygen saturation but it will depend on a smartphone for GPS.

Curiously, the leak also claims that the LCD screen only displays white over a colored background. That may also explain why the smartwatch will reportedly boast five days of battery life. The company best-known for its navigation systems also uses its own smartwatch platform, providing only the basic functionality without the extras of, say, Wear OS by Google.

The Garmin Lily could be close to debut and it will have a 199 EUR price tag. There will be two versions, a Classic and a Sport, but the site theorizes the only real difference will be the material used for the housing.

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Fortnite Terminator and Sarah Connor skins revealed in new leak

A new major Fortnite leak has dropped, one revealing the upcoming Terminator and Sarah Connor skins fans have been anticipating. The leak comes only days after Epic officially introduced the Predator skin we’d been waiting for, underscoring just how many relatively minor crossovers are arriving in the game this season.

We’d been expecting the Predator crossover skin due to leaks, as well as Epic’s own hints and the very obvious imagery found in the ‘Stealthy Stronghold’ location. Also anticipated has been a Terminator skin, but less has been known about it — until now.

What appears to be an official image of the two new skins (though Epic hasn’t confirmed them at this point) has appeared as a leak from “FNinformation” on Twitter, where the user claims someone sent them the image and that they can confirm it is real.

The image reveals a Terminator T-800 skin, which means you probably shouldn’t assume it’ll feature Arnold Schwarzenegger’s likeness, as well as a Sarah Connor skin complete with tactical gear and cool shades. There’s no reference for when the skins will arrive, but it’s safe to assume it will be ‘soon.’

These skins will arrive as bounty hunters in the Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 5 storyline, joining the Predator, Walking Dead skins, and more. Per the season’s story, Agent Jonesy is currently popping through other dimensions, finding formidable warriors, and bringing them back to the battle royale island for a big fight.

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