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Cyberpunk 2077 is available on several platforms, including Google Stadia. It isn’t on iOS or Android, though, but that hasn’t kept bad actors from trying to attract mobile players.
TechRadar reports that a fake website masquerading as a Google Play Store link has been offering a “mobile” version of the game. According to Kaspersky malware analyst Tatyana Shishkova, instead of installing a pocket-sized version of Cyberpunk 20777, it installs malware on users’ devices.
The ransomware, called CoderWare, demands that victims send $500 in bitcoin within 10 hours or risk having the files on their device deleted, Shishkova explains. The malware relies on a hardcoded key that enables a decryptor to recover files without having to fork over cash. Still, it isn’t something anyone will want to waste time on trying to remove from their phone or tablet.
There’s also a Windows version of CoderWare floating around. It’s a bit trickier to detect for users given that Cyberpunk 2077 is available on PC. It features a modified version of the BlackKingdom malware previously seen tearing through VPNs in early 2020. The end result is the same, however, so make sure you’re buying from reputable PC game stores.
Though CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt made it to Nintendo Switch, there’s no such port on Switch for Cyberpunk 2077. There are no versions for mobile devices of the recently released open-world role-playing game, either.
Cyberpunk 2077 is currently available on Xbox and PlayStation consoles, PC, and streaming platform Stadia. Unfortunately, users report that it’s nearly unplayable on last-gen systems like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Developer CD Projekt RED is offering refunds “out of its own pocket” if necessary for those unsatisfied by the game across both PlayStation and Xbox platforms. Best Buy is doing the same.
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