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AMD Has Files Stolen

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  • RidelynnRidelynn Member EpicPosts: 7,061
    edited March 27
    Not exactly sure what good that does anyone. Embarrassing for AMD though 
  • xD_GamingxD_Gaming Member EpicPosts: 2,685
    Ridelynn said:
    Not exactly sure what good that does anyone. Embarrassing for AMD though 
    China would be the only buyer imho. I agree, but hackers are hackers, we don't know how  he got the files. Could've been in house for all we know. 
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  • H0urg1assH0urg1ass Member EpicPosts: 2,380
    With massive amounts of employees working from home during the COVID-19 situation, I wouldn't be surprised if the next few months didn't contain half a dozen stories of companies being hacked and data stolen or ransomed.
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  • CleffyCleffy Member RarePosts: 6,253
    edited March 27
    There are a lot of issues happening in recent months linked to how the Chinese Communist Party does business. Depending on who AMD's hardware supplier is, the issue could very well be back doors and rootkits placed within their systems. Chinese companies are required to provide information on their systems upon request from the Chinese Communist Party. We know some businesses like Hauwei and Lenovo that do this, but the issue is actually much more widespread with less known brands or brands that were bought by Chinese Companies over the last few years.
    If someone nefarious knows this, they can exploit it. Although AMD is experiencing the issue now, its much more problematic for companies like Apple and Google.
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  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 22,125
    As best as I can tell, what happened is that some guy got a copy of some of AMD's internal files.  He wants to profit off of this, and his plan is to threaten to release them to the general public unless AMD pays him a ransom not to.  But the files that he has are just some random stuff that wouldn't be tremendously damaging to AMD, and probably wouldn't even make much sense without context.

    This doesn't seem like a case of industrial espionage where some other company is trying to see what AMD is doing or perhaps copy their product.  If that were the motive, then when you steal something, you don't announce it publicly.  You wouldn't want AMD to know that you stole anything at all.

    For example, when the Chinese memory companies stole designs from Samsung, Hynix, and Micron, they didn't publicly announce that they had stolen anything.  They denied it, even after they were caught.  In the case of the designs stolen from Samsung and Hynix, the way they were caught was that people bought a memory module or memory chips or something that they produced, inspected the design, and figured out exactly which design they copied.  In the case of Micron, it was a former Micron employee who was arrested at an airport smuggling internal company documents to China.
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  • NorseGodNorseGod Member EpicPosts: 2,634
    Quizzical said:
     it was a former Micron employee who was arrested at an airport smuggling internal company documents to China.

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