Source code for the upcoming Xbox Series X game console has been stolen by a hacker and is ransomed for $ 100 million
- A hacker claims to have found unsafe files for the GPU of the next Xbox console
- The hacker charges $ 100 million to access files, which also contain the source code for AMD’s new PC-focused graphics chips
- Graphics card maker AMD confirmed the hack, saying they are working with law enforcement officers on a criminal investigation
A hacker has stolen the graphics processor source code in the upcoming Xbox Series X game console and is demanding a ransom of $ 100 million for the files.
Computer component maker AMD first confirmed the theft in a brief statement on their website.
The company said they were initially contacted in December by a person claiming to have “test files related to a subset of our current and future graphics products.”
A hacker inherited the graphics processor source code from the upcoming Xbox Series X game console and whipped it for $ 100 million
Some of the files contain code related to AMD’s Arden graphics processor, which is designed for the Xbox Series X game consoles, which is currently slated for release in the fall of 2020.
The hacker also took source files for AMD’s Navi 10 and Navi 21 graphics chips, which are intended for use in PCs.
In a interview with TorrentFreak, the hacker says she originally found the files on an unsecured computer in November 2019.
“The source code was unexpectedly obtained from an unprotected computer // server through a number of exploits,” she said.
“Later I discovered the files in it. They weren’t even well protected or even encrypted with something just sad. ‘
The source code was made public on Github briefly, but was quickly removed after AMD registered a series of DMCA claims.
The hacker initially placed the files on Github, but AMD was able to delete them with DMCA claims. Now, the hacker claims that if the ransom price is not met, they will likely release the files for free
AMD confirmed the hack, saying it is working with law enforcement on a criminal investigation into the case
The hacker says she will release the code for $ 100 million, but, “If I don’t get a buyer, I’ll leak everything.”
AMD says they are currently working with law enforcement officers on a criminal investigation into the case.
According to the hacker, no one from the company has yet contacted her.
“I haven’t talked to AMD about it because I’m pretty sure that instead of accepting their mistake and moving on, they will try to sue me,” she said.
“So why not just leak it to everyone?”