20GB of Intel confidential data leaked

Ruben Fields
August 8, 2020

According to The Register, a copy of the chat log between Kottmann and the source of the confidential files indicates the database came from unsecured server hosted by cloud services company Akamai. With components seemingly spanning over a 10 years, the breach reportedly consists of all the things from Intel presentation templates to BIOS code and debugging equipment, and would represent a single of the biggest mental assets leaks from a chipmaker in yrs. We imagine an individual with access downloaded and shared this information.

Intel is now investigating the situation and believes that the leak came from the Intel Resource and Design Center.

"The information appears to come from the Intel Resource and Design Center, which hosts information for use by our customers, partners and other external parties who have registered for access".

The hacker said in his posts that numerous files in the folder are being published for the first time, and are confidential or classified under Intel's Non-Confidential Disclosure Agreement. However, several documents that were a part of the leak are said to have links to the Resource and Design Center.

Though this leak already includes an extensive list of internal documents, Kottman says that the source may have obtained more than just 20GB of data.

The anonymous leaker promised that further files would be leaked in time.

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That's not all. The folder also likely contains "backdoors" in some of the Intel source code, with the hacker's original post encouraging downloaders to look for them by giving a sample clip of one such listing.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available. "Most of them use the password Intel123 or a lowercase intel123". The data release, dubbed "Intel exconfidential Lake Platform Release" contains a wide range of Intel intellectual property.

"The folders were just lying open if you could guess the name of one", the source wrote in the chat. Once in, they could go back to root and get access to any of them.

However, the more important detail provided was the claim that they could impersonate any Intel employee with access to the resources, or create their own user.

"Another amusing thing is that on the zip files you may find password protected", the source added.

The data leak hasn't revealed any of Intel's super-sensitive data such as CPU and GPU designs.

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