PSA: Cyberpunk 2077 Mobile is Fake and Should Not Be Downloaded
Cyberpunk 2077 is arguably one of the hottest games around right now. Like with many popular games, there are bound to be some dubious apps related to it. In this particular case, it’s Cyberpunk 2077 Mobile and if you want to stay safe, best not to even consider downloading that app.
PSA: Cyberpunk 2077 Mobile is Fake
New Android #Ransomware disguised as #Cyberpunk2077 game.
Downloaded from fake website imitating Google Play Store.
Family: CoderWare/BlackKingdom https://t.co/JBudDP6vG1 pic.twitter.com/TdM4SAkFWl
— Tatyana Shishkova (@sh1shk0va) December 16, 2020
According to Kaspersky Malware Analyst Tatyana Shishkova on her Twitter account @sh1shk0va, there is a Cyberpunk 2077 Mobile app on the Google Play Store complete with fake reviews that make it seem legit. Unfortunately, it’s not the actual game but in fact, a ransomware called CoderWare.
For those of you who aren’t aware, CoderWare is a variant of the BlackKingdom ransomware which will encrypt the data in your smartphone once it has access to it. You will then be requested to pay a sum of money in bitcoin, typically USD $500 in value, to the perpetrators or risk losing all your precious data. Screenshots of Cyberpunk 2077 Mobile on the Google Play Store were shown for reference so people can avoid it.
If you happen to get stuck with this, there is a decryptor that can help you recover your data, especially since the malware will have a hardcoded key when installed on your device. Regardless, just avoid this so you don’t have to waste your time stressing out on something completely unnecessary.
Cyberpunk 2077 is now available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The optimized next gen versions will be coming later in 2021.
Pokdepinion: With the game having trouble running on PS4, I don’t think it can run even remotely well on a high end smartphone.