Nvidia Corporate, Employee Data Leaked in Cyberattack

Reflecting the state of the world, the chipmaker noted that there's no evidence the data breach was linked to Russia's war on Ukraine.

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A cyberattack on  Nvidia  led to a leak of employee credentials and some company proprietary information, the US chipmaker said Tuesday. And reflecting current events, the company felt the need to state that the attack wasn't related to Russia's war on Ukraine.

"We have no evidence of ransomware being deployed on the Nvidia environment or that this is related to the Russia-Ukraine conflict," an Nvidia spokesperson said in a statement. "However, 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 tech giant said it became aware of a cybersecurity incident that impacted IT resources on Feb. 23. Shortly after the attack, Nvidia said, it further hardened its network, "engaged cybersecurity incident response experts and notified law enforcement." The company didn't provide further details on the scope of the attack but said its team is working to analyze the information that's been leaked online so far. 

"We do not anticipate any disruption to our business or our ability to serve our customers as a result of the incident," an Nvidia spokesperson said in an email.

The cyberattack on Nvidia comes on the heels of a record-breaking year in cyber-related incidents. The number of reported data breaches in 2021 jumped 68 percent year over year to the highest total ever, according to a report by the Identity Theft Resource Center. Technology companies are among the many targets of such attacks.

In early 2021, four US intelligence agencies determined that Russia was behind a massive cyberattack on Texas-based SolarWinds, whose software is widely used, including by the federal government, railroads, hospitals and major tech companies.