Chip-maker AMD has admitted that a hacker stole part of the company’s graphics IP and reportedly requires $ 100 million for its safe return. In a statement to its website, AMD said it was contacted in December 2019 by a person who allegedly had access to “test files” for the company’s current and future graphics products. Some of these assets were published online to the GitHub graphics forum before AMD removed them with a DMCA notice.
This person has received “additional files” in addition to those published, AMD said. The company said it is working with law enforcement and experts in its criminal investigation.
AMD tried to downplay the significance of the infringement and said, “We believe that the stolen graphics IP is not the core of the competitiveness or security of our graphics products.”
TorrentFreak reports that the hacker stole graphic code related to AMD’s Navi and Arden GPUs. The type GPU is said to be the code name for the 12-Teraflop Xbox Series X GPU.
The person who claims to be the perpetrator told TorrentFreak that they discovered the source code on an “unprotected computer / server” and accessed it using “certain exploits.”
This person said the value of the source code is $ 100 million, but it’s unclear how they got to that figure. Anyway, whoever claims to be the perpetrator said that if no one comes with the cash to buy the code, they will “just leak everything.”
GameSpot has contacted Microsoft for further clarification.