AMD Data Breach: Intelbroker Violates AMD Again and Releases Sensitive Data

Written by Mitchell Langley

June 23, 2024

AMD Data Breach: Intelbroker Violates AMD Again and Releases Sensitive Data

Hacking Group Intelbroker Claims Possession of Stolen AMD Data

A massive data breach at AMD has been confirmed by the company, with a hacking group known as Intelbroker claiming to have accessed extensive internal resources.

Intelbroker stated they were in possession of “future AMD products, spec sheets, employee databases, customer databases, property files, ROMs, source code, firmware and finances”. A sample of leaked data showed what appeared to be authentic AMD product information.

Product Roadmaps, Source Code and More Potentially Compromised in AMD Data Breach 

While the full scope of the stolen data is still under investigation, it may include extremely sensitive details on upcoming AMD products and technologies. Specifics like roadmaps, specs, source code, firmware and more could give valuable insight into AMD’s future plans if exposed publicly.

As quoted from AMD’s statement to Bloomberg:

“We are aware of a cybercriminal organization claiming to be in possession of stolen AMD data. We are working closely with law enforcement officials and a third-party hosting partner to investigate the claim and the significance of the data.”

Hacking Group Intelbroker Notorious for Other Major Breaches

The hacking group behind the breach known by the name Intelbroker, is an organization known for some of the most prolific cyber attacks.

Most notably, Intelbroker has reportedly infiltrated systems at Los Angeles International Airport, stole details of 71000 Nvidia’s employees, stole roadmaps and sensitive data from Gigabyte, and has infiltrated multiple U.S. federal agencies.

This raises concerns the stolen AMD data could be used for commercial espionage or other harmful purposes. According to analysis from cybersecurity experts, Intelbroker’s motives seem to range from financial gain through ransom to potential geopolitical goals. 

Moving forward, AMD and other technology companies must strengthen data security to prevent intellectual property theft.

As KnightShadey commented on Tom’s Hardware:

“Companies need to do better at securing their data & networks.”

At the same time, countries should avoid knowingly harboring hacking groups for their own benefit. While the perpetrators of the AMD breach have yet to be officially identified, the risk of state sponsorship remains a serious issue.

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