AMD always finds a way to end up fighting hackers. Today, the news is similar. An intelligent hacker has broken into AMD’s files, and leaked test files for their graphics card featured in Xbox Series X. This news is not recent, it actually happened in December 2019. However, nobody noticed it until AMD has finally made it public. Furthermore, AMD will take action against this individual.
Statement from AMD
“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 stolen 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 working closely with law enforcement officials and other experts as a part of an ongoing criminal investigation.”
The hacker claimed that the source code defines Navi 10, and the future Navi 21. He further said it is being featured in Xbox Series X, described as Adren GPU.
Additionally, he also leaked codes on GitHub, however, AMD took quick actions, and they were taken down. He demands $100 Million for the source code. If no buyer showed up, he will make it public.
AMD does not look concerned with what he demands. Actually, AMD, in my opinion, would be more concerned about their security. How could some hacker get into their database, leak the source code, and all of this happened just before Xbox Series X was announced. It’s very likely that this hacker will be caught and punished. A Lesson has been learned by AMD now though.