A hacker has threatened to ‘leak everything’ about the graphics source code for the Xbox Series X console, according to T3. While Microsoft has revealed much about the console since it was unveiled last year, including the hardware specs in full, and has even launched a new website for the console, some information it would rather not be made public is now under threat of being leaked.
The hacker claims to have GPU source code, and has threatened to “leak everything” if she doesn’t find a buyer – or at least someone willing to pay her not to do it – at a cost of $100m. But AMD doesn’t seem to be willing to do business; it’s doubling down, meaning that either it’s incomplete source code in the hacker’s possession, or the information isn’t a security threat, and won’t reveal any company secrets to competitors.
It is always a tough decision for a company if they find themselves in this predicament, especially under time constraints when they are fearful of public disclosures. However, companies should not financially negotiate with cyber criminals, as you cannot ever trust their side of the deal. When data is breached, you may never know if they will keep to their end of the bargain, as they could simply release the data after they have been paid, or even extort more. As difficult as this choice may be, a wise decision would be to do as much as possible in the time offered to determine the potential treat – so prolonging the payment can sometimes work, even if you have no intention of paying.