NVIDIA says that employee data and other company information have been stolen by hackers. The chip manufacturer announced this to ZDNet on Tuesday. The stolen data is currently being leaked online.
In total, 1TB of data would have been stolen. In addition to personnel data, it would include source codes, data about the NVIDIA GPU driver, its FALCON architecture and Lite Hash Rate (LHR), and other critical information.
A spokesperson said: “Our team is analyzing that information. We do not expect any disruption to our business or our ability to serve our customers as a result of the incident.”
However, the British newspaper The Telegraph reported that the company was experiencing outages for two days. These outages occurred in the email systems and other tools used by the developers within the company.
The online newspaper Bloomberg initially reported that NVIDIA had fallen victim to a ransomware attack. However, the chipmaker denied that malware was installed. Data was stolen. The hackers threatened to leak this data if NVIDIA didn’t lift restrictions on its graphics cards to mine cryptocurrency. NVIDIA refused, after which the hackers indeed started sharing the data on a public Telegram channel.
A member of the hacker group claims on the Telegram channel that NVIDIA has hacked back the group. The chipmaker is said to have used ransomware software to encrypt the stolen data.
However, the group says it doesn’t matter: “Yes, they have successfully encrypted the data. However, we have a backup that is safe from scum. We have not been hacked by any competing groups.”
It is not often that a company hacks back cybercriminals. Still,