AMD releases statement on its stolen technology

AMD releases statement on its stolen technology

27th March 2020 0 By Jordan Heal

Chip manufacturing giant AMD has confirmed that late last year a hacker stole some of its technology.

Back in December, the company was reportedly contacted by the alleged thief who claimed to have robbed test files relating to its current and future graphics products.

Speculation has since arisen suggesting the tech in question might be the Xbox Series X’s graphics processing unit (GPU).

The bad actor reportedly demanded $100 million for the safe return of AMD’s IP.

However, the company has not acknowledged this figure in its statement. Nor does it suggest whether the technology is pertinent to the upcoming next-generation console.

Some of the files were later leaked to GitHub, though the tech behemoth swiftly had them removed.

The thief then claimed to have additional files which were not public, at least according to reports.

“At AMD, data security and the protection of our intellectual property are a priority,” it wrote.

“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.

“We are working closely with law enforcement officials and other experts as a part of an ongoing criminal investigation.”

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