AMD reported that in November 2019, it was the target of hacking one of its servers. This breach put sensitive material from the company in the hands of hackers, which includes the source code to Navi 10 GPU chips, the next Navi 21 and Arden, the latter being the one included in the Xbox X Series.
In December, the hackers contacted AMD asking for 100 million dollars lest they publish the crucial data online. Since AMD did not pay, they ended up posting the data to a GitHub repository, which was removed after the company made a notice to the Digital Age Copyright Act (DMCA), and other relevant authorities.
We have issued the following statement about the theft of some test files related to a subset of our graphics products and will update as appropriate on https://t.co/WEk62xt4WK. https://t.co/hfBTw2kGxV pic.twitter.com/kpPrp62X7H
— AMD (@AMD) March 25, 2020
The official statement from AMD read, ”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.”
The company brought it to the attention of the police, and is aware that the hacker has not released a portion of the files. Still, AMD does not believe the stolen technology is central to the security or competitiveness of its products.