US chipmaker Intel is investigating a security breach after earlier today 20 GB of internal documents, with some marked “confidential” or “restricted secret,” were uploaded online on file-sharing site MEGA.
The data was published by Till Kottmann, a Swiss software engineer, who said he received the files from an anonymous hacker who claimed to have breached Intel earlier this year.
Kottmann received the Intel leaks because he manages a very popular Telegram channel where he regularly publishes data that accidentally leaked online from major tech companies through misconfigured Git repositories, cloud servers, and online web portals.
The Swiss engineer said today’s leak represents the first part of a multi-part series of Intel-related leaks.
ZDNet reviewed the content of today’s files with security researchers who have previously analyzed Intel CPUs in past work, who deemed the leak authentic but didn’t want to be named in this article due to ethical concerns of reviewing confidential data, and because of their ongoing relations with Intel.