The hackers are now threatening to release Nvidia’s trade secrets, including schematics, source code and information on recent Nvidia graphics chips
Ransomware group Lapsus$, which claims to have taken a terabyte of data from Nvidia, is now threatening to release the company’s closely-guarded secrets today unless it meets the gang’s increasingly bizarre demands.
Lapsus$, who first claimed responsibility for the data breach last week has already started leaking data. The hackers stole the credentials of more than 71,000 Nvidia employees. The data includes email addresses and Windows password hashes, many of which were subsequently cracked and circulated within the hacking community.
The hackers are now threatening to release Nvidia’s trade secrets, including schematics, source code and information on recent Nvidia graphics chips, including the as-yet-unannounced RTX 3090 Ti unless Nvidia meets the group’s unusual demands. The group called on Nvidia to remove its controversial Lite Hash Rate (LHR) feature, which limits the Ethereum mining capabilities of its RTX 30 series graphics cards. This feature was introduced in early-2021 in response to depleting its stock by the crypto-mining community, making it impossible for gamers to get their hands on the new graphics cards.
Lapsus$ added another unusual demand: it wants Nvidia to open source its graphics chip drivers for macOS, Windows and Linux devices.