Intel hacked, 20GB of confidential information leaked2020-08-07 17:54 by Daniela
Tags: Intel, hackers
Intel is currently investigating a security breach that has seen 20GB of internal documents leaked, with some of these files market "confidential" or "restricted secret". The files were leaked and then uploaded onto the Kim Dotcom-created MEGA file sharing website.
A Swiss software engineer named Till Kottmann published the documents. He said he got it from a source who claims to have hacked the company sometime around May this year. Kottmann has history publishing data from major tech companies that was leaked online through various avenues, such as misconfigured Git repositories.
The leaked files contained Intel intellectual property respective to the internal design of various chipsets. The files contained technical specs, product guides, and manuals for CPUs dating back to 2016.
"We are investigating this situation," company officials said in a statement. "The information appears to come from the Intel Resource and Design Center, which hosts information for use by our customers, partners and other external parties who have registered for access. We believe an individual with access downloaded and shared this data."
The good news is that the hack does not affect Intel’s customers or employees, so it seems that to be more about stealing Intel's product information rather than trying to breach customer information. However, the bad news is that it has been suggested that because of the BIOS code that was leaked that hackers could use it to potentially reverse engineer a hack or manipulate it in a way that could affect current or even future Intel products.
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