Xbox Series X Graphics Source Code Reportedly Stolen, Being Held for $100 Million Ransom -

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A hacker has reportedly stolen the Xbox Series X graphics source code and is holding it to ransom.

The news arrives through a blog post on the AMD website, where the hardware company explained the situation. "We were contacted by someone who claimed to have test files related to a subset of our current and future graphics products," the statement reads.

According to a report from TorrentFreak, this stolen data was found in a hacked computer and includes source code for AMD's Big Navi and Arden GPUs. The latter is rumoured to be the Xbox Series X 12 teraflop GPU.

Segments of code have been posted on GitHub, and subsequently removed. The hacker is asking for $100 million for the code and is threatening to dump the entirety of the stolen data if a buyer isn't found.

The fact that AMD has issued a DMCA takedown notice on the repository where the data was being held would suggest that this is a legitimate breach. Later in the official statement, AMD made it clear that the stolen data "is not core to the competitiveness or security of our graphics products."

You can read the details of the DMCA request over on GitHub where it is noted that the data has been 'forked' (copied) to other repositories after the first set was taken down.

In lighter Xbox Series X news, the console's full specifications were revealed earlier in the month. If you'd like to compare it to its main competition, the PS5, you can check out our Xbox Series X vs PS5 comparison chart here.


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.
 

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Well, these ransom people will be going to jail quite soon. Why?
Depends on the jurisdiction. If they're rus or some other cis country (they probably are) they're basically immune as long as they only target western countries. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if they're sponsored by putin.
 
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I am a little out of the loop when it comes to consoles. Is this really a big enough deal to warrant that kind of ransom?
It seriously isn't. The hardware is basically a hyper threaded 8 core and a 2080, just produced by AMD. Hell AMD could probably knock the wind out of this by just announcing the desktop equivalent.
 
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