Blame AMD for Xbox Series X GPU Source Code Hack, Not Microsoft

After AMD is breached, a hacker threatens to leak the Xbox Series X GPU source code and some gamers are blaming Microsoft for it.

A $100 million ransom on a significant GPU source code leak is a minor hiccup ahead of the next-gen console era. | Source: Microsoft

  • AMD confirms that a hacker has stolen several test files for some of its “current and future graphics products.”
  • The hacker claimed that they had the source code for products like the Arden GPU which is inside the Xbox Series X.
  • They demanded $100 million for the files and said that they would “leak everything” if they weren’t given the money.

While fans have been excited about the Xbox Series X specs, AMD, which makes the console’s graphics hardware, has found itself as the target of an alleged hack. The hacker claims to have the source code to several AMD products such as the Arden GPU which is found in the Xbox Series X.

In an article posted by TorrentFreak, the hacker demands $100 million or they will “leak everything” online. It seems that they did post the files on GitHub, which is a site owned by Microsoft, but AMD was able to get them taken down.

Source: Twitter

AMD Plays Down the Threat

In a post on the AMD site, the company says that the stolen GPU files are “not core to the competitiveness or security of our graphics products.” The company is also “working closely with law enforcement officials and other experts as a part of an ongoing criminal investigation.”

It’s unclear if this could leave the Xbox Series X open to security flaws. However, as gamers aren’t sure about what this means and who is at fault for the hack, it seems that Microsoft is also being criticized.

On Twitter, one gamer suggested that

Microsoft is in a bad spot right now cause anybody could emulate it and do better.

Another said that “PS4 would never allow this”.

Source: Twitter

These tweets come from a misunderstanding as the hack isn’t on Microsoft, but it proves the damage spillover is raising some questions about Xbox Series X’s security.

Last modified: September 23, 2020 1:46 PM

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