AMD Admits Unknown Hacker Stole Source Code for its Upcoming GPU Hardware.
Speculations were rife that AMD has suffered data theft relating to GPU hardware of its upcoming products, and the company has officially released a statement confirming the news.
Reportedly, AMD suffered graphics IP data theft, but the company maintains that the stolen content was not related to the security component of its graphic solutions.
As per the statement from AMD, a hacker going by the online handle of “xxXsoullessXxx” managed to steal and leak the source code of its Series X graphics processor, primarily used in Xbox, along with the source code of an upcoming graphics card for PCs.
The hacking occurred in December 2019 and apparently, the hacker stole test files of the current and upcoming graphics solutions from AMD.
The company noted that somebody contacted and informed them about stealing test files of the subset of their under-production graphic products, but it was later discovered that the “stolen graphics IP is not core to the competitiveness or security of our graphics products.”
In December 2019, we were contacted by someone who claimed to have test files related to a subset of our current and future graphics products, some of which were recently posted online, but have since been taken down. While we are aware the perpetrator has additional files that have not been made public, we believe the stolen graphics IP is not core to the competitiveness or security of our graphics products. We are not aware of the perpetrator possessing any other AMD IP, the statement read.
The hacker then posted some of the data on GitHub, which included the code and critical information about the upcoming Navi GPUs. GitHub received a DMCA notice from AMD for deleting the repository, and afterward, AMD issued the statement to settle down the rumor mills.
HackRead.com was able to find the repository days before it was deleted and we can confirm that the hacker is claiming to leak more data in the future. The same hacker is also asking for Bitcoin donations and also left their Protonmail based contact email.
The hacker hasn’t been identified as yet and the company has notified law enforcement agencies and cybersecurity experts to carry out a comprehensive criminal investigation into the matter.