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Hackers threaten Nvidia to unlock video cards for mining

Hackers threaten Nvidia to unlock video cards for mining

The hacker group LAPSUS$ is demanding that Nvidia unlock its new line of RTX 3000 video cards for mining. If they don't, hackers will release 1 terabyte of stolen data. 

According to PC Gamer, hackers managed to gain administrator access to the company's servers within a week.  Over that time, they have downloaded 1 terabyte of internal information regarding the creation and functioning of video cards.  The publication of this information can seriously hit the company's stock and help their competitors. 

As reported by Reuters, Nvidia spoke succinctly about the blackmail threat: "We are investigating an incident. Our business and commercial activities continue uninterrupted," Nvidia said in a statement. "We are still working to evaluate the nature and scope of the event and don't have any additional information to share at this time."

Recall that in February 2021, Nvidia released a new line of Lite Hash Rate graphics cards with special protection against mining. In particular, the hash rate for Ethereum mining is twice lower than the previous line of video cards. 

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