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A new generation robbery
The theft in December reportedly included several test files related to a set of current and future GPU products, some of which were posted on the internet and subsequently removed by AMD itself. These files were published on a GitHub and contained files related to Microsoft, something that according to TorrentFreak, hiding details related to GPUs Navi 10, Navi 21 Y Arden, being the latter the one that supposedly gives its name to the one included in the future Xbox One X.
The most surprising thing is that the alleged perpetrator of the robbery has contacted TorrentFreak to guarantee that, if nobody bids for the information that they currently put up for sale, they will end up filtering it completely online. The rumors began to pick up earlier in the week, and while it was difficult to take them seriously, there was a movement that ended up confirming the suspicions.
AMD itself brought down repositories hanging on Github alleging that they violated his intellectual property. The project, which was named AMD-navi-GPU-HARDWARE-SOURCE, was created by the user xxXsoullessXx, and ended up receiving the final blow from AMD with a complaint by the Digital Age Copyright Law (DMCA). The project, now disappeared, displays the following message: “Repository not available due to deletion by DMCA”.
AMD is calm
Considering AMD’s interest in removing the project, there is no doubt that the information shared was sensitive and extremely important. After seeing the obvious, the company has published the following official statement to clarify the situation:
At AMD, data security and protecting our intellectual property are a priority. 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 released but have since been removed.
While we are aware that the author has additional files that have not been released, we believe that the Stolen Graphics IP is not essential to the competitiveness or security of our graphics products. We are not aware that the author has any other AMD IPs.
We are working closely with law enforcement officials and other experts as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.
What could happen?
At the moment it is unknown what type of damage this type of filtering could do to the brand (it is not known that the extraction of the source code is partial or complete), but it would be easy to think that other competitors could use the information to anticipate future launches or It could also be used to compromise product safety. Still, AMD’s statement seems pretty firm, so the company doesn’t appear to be overly concerned (something they certainly wouldn’t demonstrate if it were, of course).