A hacker has apparently stolen source code from AMD, and leaked the code on Github. Word has is that the graphics source code includes details about the Xbox Series X — if nothing else, it seems to contain info about AMD’s upcoming GPUs.
According to TorrentFreak, Github removed a repository at the request of AMD, which filed an official DMCA takedown notice. AMD also identified four other repositories containing the information, all of which have apparently been removed. The notices (which you can read here) explicitly state that the content was “stolen from AMD.” It doesn’t say exactly what the content is, but rumor has it that the repositories included the source code for an Arden GPU. If nothing else, this has made the gaming community sit up and take notice — “Arden” is rumored to be the codename for the GPU in Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Series X console.
This isn’t the first we’ve heard of an Arden leak on Github. Last December, Digital Foundry reported that data found on Github included testing data from someone on AMD’s team. This data allegedly included details on the PlayStation 5’s GPU, codenamed Oberon, as well as Arden.
TorrentFreak interviewed the alleged source of the leak, who says they obtained the code from “a hacked computer” and it includes the graphics source code for Navi 10, Navi 21, and Arden devices. The alleged leaker has valued the information at $100 million, though it’s not exactly clear if that’s its actual value. They’ve said they haven’t been in contact with AMD, though they are apparently seeking a buyer for the information.
AMD doesn’t appear to be sweating too much, however. A spokesperson said in a statement, “While we are aware the perpetrator has additional files that have not been made public, we believe the stolen graphics IP is not core to the competitiveness or security of our graphics products. We are not aware of the perpetrator possessing any other AMD IP.” They added that they were contacted in December by “someone who claimed to have test files,” which muddies the issue more.