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Hackers plan to leak Nvidia firmware and code if company does not drop LHR

The group claiming responsibility for a recent cyberattack on Nvidia has now made its intentions known. The hack appears to be related to Nvidia's stance on cryptomining and the limitations placed on GeForce graphics cards with LHR. The group wants Nvidia to drop all LHR limitations and has threatened to begin leaking confidential data, including schematics, firmware and source code. 

LAPSUS$ also claims to have an LHR bypass tool that works with GA102/104 GPUs. As reported by Videocardz, the group claims to be selling the bypass tool and will begin leaking other data if Nvidia does not contact the group.

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Moreover, the hackers wrote that if Nvidia doesn't update the RTX 30 series LHR cards with the bypass, they will leak what they're calling the “hardware folder”. We assume this is where the mentioned drivers, schematics and firmware are stored.

Nvidia has confirmed that it recently suffered a “cybersecurity incident” and added that there is “no evidence” that this is related to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Nvidia also does not expect the attack to impact its business operations.

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KitGuru says: Nvidia is unlikely to go along with ransom efforts, so we would anticipate some leaks to begin shortly.

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