Nvidia Confirms Hack and Leak of Sensitive Data

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Mar 02, 2022


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The cybersecurity breach it has been investigating has led to the leakage of employee credentials and some proprietary data.

Group Claims Responsibility

US chipmaker Nvidia says it suffered a cyberattack involving confidential company information and that the hackers have started leaking the information. This comes after a hacking group claimed responsibility by posting details of the breach. It went on to give an ultimatum to the company.

“We are aware that the threat actor tool employee credentials and some Nvidia proprietary information from our systems and has begun leaking it online,” the chipmaker said in a statement.

“Our team is working to analyze that information. We do not anticipate any disruption to our business or our ability to serve our customers as a result of the incident.”

The Santa Clara California-based company said that it became aware of the breach on Feb. 23 and contacted law enforcement. Initially, it suspected ransomware, but the tech company has now ruled that out.

Cybersecurity experts think that the group operates from South America.

An Ultimatum

Lapsus$, the group responsible for the hack, claims that it now possesses about one terabyte worth of Nvidia’s data. This includes the source code for the limiter that Nvidia places on its RTX 30-series GPUs to discourage crypto mining. Less than a week ago, a purported fix turned out to be malware

Lapsus$ has demanded that the company permanently makes all its GPU drivers open-source or it will leak the files. The cybercriminals have given Nvidia until Friday, March 4th to make a decision.



Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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