• August 12, 2021

Gigabyte hackers threaten to leak internal AMD and Intel documents

A Gigabyte motherboard

Picture: Gigabyte

Taiwanese manufacturer Gigabyte has suffered a major cyber attack, courtesy of the hacking group known as RansomEXX. It appears that the attack has not affected the daily manufacturing part of the business, which focuses on PC hardware, but it has affected internal servers a lot.

According to The record, RansomEXX was able to obtain up to 112 GB of company data that included internal documents from other technology companies such as Intel, American Megatrends, and AMD. The hack also took down parts of the Gigabyte website, with clients seeking support subsequently having trouble accessing repairs.

While the full scope of the attack is currently unknown, the perpetrators are now supposedly threatening Gigabyte with the release of the leaked data, and screenshots of internal reports from AMD, Intel and American Megatrends have been included along with the threats.

All three companies are involved in making major PC components, including motherboards, graphics cards, and computer chips, and while we don’t know exactly what data hackers stole with, many of them are reportedly under NDA and are not meant to be seen. by the public.

This cyberattack follows a similar attack on Acer at the beginning of the year, which saw the REvil ransomware group steal corporate data and demand a massive $ 50 million ransom to get it back. The outcome of this hack was unclear, but it appears to be quite similar to the challenges Gigabyte faces.

As more companies shift to work-from-home online structures due to the pandemic, ransomware attacks have steadily increased, even beyond the tech manufacturing sector. Our friends at Gizmodo recently assembled the largest of these, but you just have to look up the names to see how big the problem is getting.

Even meat-processing plants have been in trouble recently, with supplier JBS Foods reportedly shelling out $ 11 million in May to decrypt their stolen data.

It is currently unclear what sum RansomEXX is seeking, and Gigabyte has been relatively quiet on the subject outside of brief comments to The record. But it’s clear that cybersecurity is becoming a more prescient challenge as we head into our new, more digital age.

This story originally appeared in Kotaku Australia


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