A particular hacking group is reportedly holding NVIDIA to ransom. This news has shocked everyone in the crypto community for the bold yet illegal act that has presented itself.
The hacking group that is supposedly from South America has held NVIDIA to ransom against the demand that it unlocks all the hash rate limiters on the high-end graphics card that the company provides. According to flow crypto news today, the group has infiltrated the servers of NVIDIA last month.
They are planning on selling the software that would allow the limiters of the crypto mining hash rates and get the graphics card of the firm. This is definitely a pretty bold attempt against the company and hence the entire world is waiting to see the results.
The name of the South American hacking group is LAPUS$ and it has claimed to have stolen about 1 terabyte of NVIDIA data from the company servers in the month of February. The group is planning to provide this particular software in a form of a customized driver. This would allow all the limiters of the company to go and get the graphics card that is reportedly pretty high-end.
NVIDIA Held on Ransome By South American Hacking Group
Latest news reports that the South American group of hackers is demanding the unlocking of the limiter’s hash rates on the different graphics cards that are provided by the company. NVIDIA has made a statement that they are already aware of this particular situation.
Apparently, they came to know about it in the month of February itself, and that too on the 23rd of the month. So, their knowledge about the stealing of data is pretty recent. According to the reports that were released by the firm on the 2nd of March, they said that “We are aware that the threat actor took employee credentials and some Nvidia proprietary information from our systems and has begun leaking it online.”
This group of cybercriminals has actually been trying properly to extort this California-based firm through the Telegram channel that they have. Apart from leaking some important pieces of very personal data that are now in the possession of the group, they are also trying to counteract the limits that have been provided by the RTC 3000 graphics card series of NVIDIA. This will definitely allow the enabling of higher hash rates for the mining of Ethereum.
On the 1st of March, PCMag has revealed certain screenshots from the channel of the group. These screenshots state that “this leak contains source code and highly confidential/secret data from various parts of Nvidia GPU driver, Falcon, LHR, and such.”
LHR can be considered as Lite Hash Rate and that is basically a limiter that the company has introduced in order to de-tune the GPUs that it had in 2021. This would act as a deterrent for the crypto miners and now allow them to snap all up. Hence, the PC gamers would also be provided with some core input as well. ‘
The hacking group is also attempting to hold Nvidia to ransom with demands that it remove the limiter from all RTX 3000 series cards and make drivers open-source. It has given the company until March 4 to make a decision.
According to flow crypto news today, Graphics card prices and availability has been a bane for gamers for the past two years, escalating their angst against crypto miners and the industry in general.
High-end GPUs can cost upwards of $1,800 if in stock, and lower-spec models are very hard to come by leading to the emergence of a used-card market where prices for older graphics cards often exceed what they cost originally in certain regions.
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