AMD's PS5 and Xbox GPU Source Codes Briefly Leaked onto GitHub

The company's IP was stolen in December 2019.
Fabienne Lang

AMD, high-performance computing developer, issued a brief statement on Wednesday that explained their IP was stolen in December 2019. Little information was given about who or what exactly was stolen. 

AMD has now issued multiple Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices to have its GPU source code removed from GitHub, where it was posted. GitHub immediately complied. 


GitHub take-down notice

According to Torrentfreak, who first shared the news, AMD issued take-down notices to GitHub on Wednesday after they made the discovery that someone had hacked into AMD's systems remotely, found its Navi 10 and Navi 21 GPUs, and posted them on GitHub. 

The information posted on GitHub would have also included information about its RDNA2-powered GPUs, which will be a part of the upcoming Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. 

The hacker responded to Torrentfreak's questions by explaining they believe the information to be worth $100 million. On GitHub, the hacker explained they were looking for someone to buy the information for that price, and if they didn't secure a buyer that they would leak the information in its entirety, as they stated "If I get no buyer I will just leak everything."

AMD's DMCA take-down notices to GitHub include four locations on the site. 

As per the hacker, "The source code was unexpectedly achieved from an unprotected computer/server through some exploits. I later found out about the files inside it. They weren’t even protected properly or even encrypted with anything which is just sad."

"I haven’t spoken to AMD about it because I am pretty sure that instead of accepting their mistake and moving on, they will try to sue me. So why not just leak it to everyone?"

AMD's statement reads as follows: 

"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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