Xbox Series X graphics source code stolen by hacker

Somebody has been stealing important data ahead of the Xbox Series X launch.

by Jason Coles

We got to see the insides of the Xbox Series X last week, and they look to be truly incredible.

Every aspect of the console has been dialled up to 11, and the aim seems to be a pure overwhelming power.

Each component is more powerful than what we’ve seen before, and the sheer processing power of it is sure to lead to an entirely new way of playing games.

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It turns out, though, that there was at least one person who had seen one part of the Xbox Series X tech long before the rest of us did.

The details come from a statement on the AMD website that reads “At AMD, data security and the protection of our intellectual property are a priority.

In December 2019, we were contacted by someone who claimed to have test files related to a subset of our current and future graphics products, some of which were recently posted online, but have since been taken down.”

Basically, a hacker apparently stole and then leaked some source code from them.

You’d think this massive Xbox Series X hack that would be a fairly critical blow to the company, but it seems that’s not actually the case.

“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.”

It’s a very chilled out response to something that sounds very serious to most people, but apparently just isn’t to the actual company.

The statement ends by stating that they’re working with law enforcement and other experts as this is an ongoing criminal investigation. Torrentfreak has also run an article giving more details on this rather strange development.

The site has reported on a DMCA notice sent to Github, saying that a repository on there and a project both carried stolen intellectual property.

They immediately removed the items, as requested, and Torrentfreak was then told that the content was found in November 2019 in a hacked computer. It’s all rather strange, to be sure.

This shouldn’t have any effect on the launch of the console.

If you’re waiting for your chance to jump into the next generation, you could always check out an Xbox One bundle to keep you busy until then. It’s definitely a very good time for gaming, so we recommend it.

Jason Coles