Nvidia DLSS: The source code was stolen following the cyber attack

Nvidia DLSS: The source code was stolen following the cyber attack

Nvidia DLSS

Nvidia has suffered a major cyber attack in recent days and some results of this are starting to emerge in these hours, such as the theft of the entire source code of the company's DLSS technology, which seems to have leaked online in these hours.

It is not the only thing that was stolen during the attack, as it also talks about driver source codes, the possibility to disable the LHR for the mini and also documents related to the next hardware by Nvidia , such as information on the Blackwell architecture, but it is quite impressive to note among these also the presence of the complete code related to the DLSS technology, in which Nvidia has invested heavily.

As proof of the theft, a screenshot is circulating on the net showing a large package of directories and files that seem to come from the DLSS code, complete with information documents such as a "Programming Guide" that should also explain how the technology works and its application. It is also the DLSS version 2.2, therefore also very recent, with the latest evolutions applied.

What could derive from such a leak is not easy to predict: commercial use is probably impossible, given the probability of running into technologies covered by patents and elements registered by Nvidia, but the study of the code could lead to a possible implementation of DLSS in open source areas such as drivers for Linux and the like.

In any case, this is a first sign of the damage suffered by Nvidia due to the recent cyber attack that would have it "completely compromised", as reported in the past few days.

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Nvidia Confirms Company Data Was Stolen in Hack

Nvidia has confirmed that hackers stole data from the company during last week's breach. 

“We are aware that the threat actor took employee credentials and some Nvidia proprietary information from our systems and has begun leaking it online,” the company said in a statement. 

Nvidia didn’t specify what was stolen. But the group behind the breach, LAPSUS$, claims it looted 1TB of data, including files about Nvidia hardware and software. The hackers are now demanding the company pay up in cryptocurrency to keep the data secret. However, LAPSUS$ told us Nvidia has yet to reach out. 

Postings from the hacking group.Postings from the hacking group

Nvidia says it became aware of the intrusion on Wednesday, Feb. 23, which prompted the GPU maker to notify law enforcement and tap cybersecurity experts to help it respond to the attack. 

The breach occurred a day before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which prompted some observers to wonder if the intrusion was connected to Russian state-sponsored hackers. However, Nvidia said: 'We have no evidence of ransomware being deployed on the Nvidia environment or that this is related to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.' LAPSUS$ has also denied any affiliation with a state-sponsored hacking group.

Nvidia is now working to analyze what information LAPSUS$ has been leaking on the internet. 'We do not anticipate any disruption to our business or our ability to serve our customers as a result of the incident,' the company added. 

LAPSUS$ has already started leaking a 19GB archive that allegedly contains information about Nvidia’s software, including the source code to the company’s frame-rate boosting DLSS technology, according to TechPowerUp.

At the same time, the hacking group claims it possesses a GPU driver capable of unlocking Nvidia’s Etherem mining limiter on the company’s RTX 3000 graphics cards. The group is now hoping to sell it to interested buyers. 

LAPSUS$ also says Nvidia successfully encrypted one of the hacking group’s computers during the group’s effort to exfiltrate the data from the company. But Nvidia has yet to confirm this.