Leaked internal documents: Intel is examining intrusion into its systems

A hacker allegedly steals 20 GB of data from Intel. Some of the documents are classified as confidential or even secret. Intel assumes that they come from a support portal for customers and partners and that an authorized person has passed on the data.

Intel investigates a possible break into his systems. Previously, around 20 GB of data from the chip manufacturer had appeared on the file-sharing site Mega, including internal documents that were marked as “confidential” or even as “secret”.

Intel (Image: Intel)The data was published by the Swiss software developer Till Kottmann. He claims to have received it from an anonymous hacker who claims to have hacked Intel during the year.

The hacker turned to Kottmann because he operates a well-known telegram channel, through which he regularly publishes data that companies have accidentally stored unprotected on cloud servers, online web portals or in Git repositories. According to Kottmann, it is only the first part of several leaks with Intel data.

ZDNet USA had the data checked by security researchers who are familiar with Intel processors. They classified the documents as authentic, but did not want to be named because of their relationship with Intel.

Accordingly, the archive contains Intel intellectual property such as internal designs of multiple chipsets. However, technical dates and product instructions for CPUs that go back to 2016 are also said to have leaked.

A list provided by Kottman also names roadmap documents, developer and debugging tools and details on camera drivers that Intel is said to have created for the space company SpaceX. Tools and firmware for the as yet unpublished Tiger Lake platform are also said to have been leaked.

Data from Intel customers or employees of the company should not be affected. However, it is unclear what data the hacker had total access to.

Intel currently believes that it was not the victim of a hacker attack. The data should come from the Intel Resource and Design Center, to which customers, partners and other external third parties have access – after prior registration with Intel. “We believe that someone with access has downloaded and shared this information,” Intel said.

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