The stolen graphics technology is rumored to be Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox Series X GPU
AMD has announced that a hacker has stolen some of its graphics IP, and is demanding that the company pay them $100 million for its return.
Back in December 2019, the company says it was contacted by someone who said they had access to “test files” for AMD’s current, and future graphics products. A handful of these GPU “test files” were then uploaded to the graphics forum GitHub, but AMD quickly reacted and slapped it with a DCMA takedown notice.
No, the AMD GPU IP leak cannot be used as a source code to build, and design some custom RDNA graphics solution — don’t go expecting that at all. It can’t be used to build products, it can’t be used to reverse engineer a Radeon GPU design, or anything close to that.
But the simple fact is someone has enough weight to demand $100 million in ransom from AMD, in what appears to be the Arden GPU that is going to power the monster next-gen Xbox Series X console. As for the Radeon GPU IP stolen, the hacker said they found the source code on an “unprotected computer/server” and then accessed it by using “some exploits“.
Wccftech has broken it down, stating that the Verilog files in question are “typically used in the construction of processors“, and that the files “represent a single and isolated function(s) on the GPU – NOT the whole/actual GPU blueprint. This I believe is the most important takeaway and context for the IP theft. This particular function(s) is not very exciting and not part of AMD’s core IP“.
The hacker has said that if no one coughs up the $100,000,000 then they will “just leak everything”.
AMD has talked about the GPU IP theft in a statement.
At AMD, data security and the protection of 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 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.