AMD says former employees handed next-gen trade secrets to Nvidia

Four employees conspired to take trade secrets and solicit staff for rival technology manufacturer.

Four former AMD employees have been accused of taking "thousands of confidential documents" and company secrets to rival technology manufacturer Nvidia.

Artist's interpretation of how alleged crime may have looked.

Chief amongst the accused is Robert Feldstein, a vice president at AMD--now working for Nvidia--who helped oversee the company's negotiations to include hardware in the next-generation Xbox and PlayStation and also the Wii U.

"This is an extraordinary case of trade secret transfer/misappropriation and strategic employee solicitation," says AMD's court filing in documents obtained by ArsTechnica.

On his last day working for AMD, Feldstein attached two external hard drives to his work machine and "onto those storage devices, three highly confidential files - two licensing agreements with significant customers and a document outlining proposed strategies to AMD's strategic licensing - were transferred," says the 15-page lawsuit.

Feldstein, alongside managers Manoo Desai and Nicolas Kociuk, allegedly swiped more than 150,000 files across six months before leaving the company,

Desai is also alleged to have brought a hard drive to the office on her last day, where she created a "folder called Perforce - which is the name of an AMD internal database containing the confidential technological work and development of AMD process and product."

Kociuk is accused of pinching 150,000 files across his two work computers, and AMD's cyber-detectives say he ran "several internet searches about how to copy and/or delete large numbers of documents." It's basically Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, and then Ctrl+V, Nicolas.

Using forensic analysis, AMD claims that "Desai and Kociuk conspired with each other to misappropriate AMD's confidential, proprietary, and/or trade secret information; and/or to intentionally access AMD's protected computers, without authorization and/or in a way that exceeded their authorized access."

All three employees and one other manager, Richard Hagen, were also accused of attempting to solicit other AMD staff to join the competition.

The result of all these accusations is that the quartet are up against charges for Misappropriation of Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition, Violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Breach of the Employee's Duty of Loyalty, Breach of Contract and--as if that weren't enough--Conspiracy.

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206 comments
Lpedraja2002
Lpedraja2002

Wait Wait.... So AMD powering the PS4 and Xbox 720 reports are BS?  Man, I thought they could have gotten some financial relief if that went through but according to this article its not.  Poor AMD :(

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Wow. While I prefer AMD products, it seems they should have some better security measures. Their employees should also already know how to copy files, without googling it on the Internet! Lol . I also thought the next gen consoles were using AMD hardware? I guess those were just speculations. If this is true, those ex-employees should be punished.

Myst17
Myst17

" It's basically Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, and then Ctrl+V, Nicolas. "

LOL'd.

kickpig
kickpig

虽然说,人为财死,鸟为食亡。但是作为一位员工应该有义务去保护公司机密的,这样卖掉自己公司里的机密,赚来的钱 你花的舒服吗?安心吗?

tightwad34
tightwad34

The burglar in the pic looks a bit....homosexual. Didn't need to point that out, it's just the first thing that came to my mind.

HSuperV
HSuperV

People do everything for money. Loyalty doesn't mean shit in this world anymore.

sam628
sam628

not surprised at all, they will do anything to make a profit that's the world we live in today all about profits/money

Raphy_Turtle
Raphy_Turtle

Hahaha at the picture. ''Artist's interpretation of how alleged crime may have looked'' I loled hard.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Corporate corruption from the inside. Not shocking at all. lol

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

The robber in that pic definitely has a lisp

Zephol
Zephol

secrets!!! HAHA!

stealth6spy
stealth6spy

Shouldn't there be an AMD logo on that bag since the robber is taking AMD's secrets?

MoreThot
MoreThot

were the "secrets" how to not make crappy drivers and cards? lol

shantd
shantd

If the charges are true, they oughta do jail time....if for no other reason than because they got caught with their hand in the cookie jar. Nvidia is the only one who comes out of this ahead. Win-win for them.

Paul2004
Paul2004

How the hell did he not know how to copy/paste ?, unless he was looking for a faster way to transfer data i dont see how he could be working for a computer company....C&P is one of the first things you learn afterall. But thats alot of files they are supposed to have taken, if they did it or if AMD's just alittle angry they left has yet to be decided

superbuuman
superbuuman

I find it funny that people in such high position do not know how to copy & paste - they had to look it up, even worse they work for a company that makes cpu. Just shows the quality of people they have at AMD, no wonder they're in strive. Need a more stringent checks on who they hire. :p

Zloth2
Zloth2

Errrr, I think the old DOS style XCopy might be faster than copy/paste.  It gives lots of options on what files to copy, too, instead of trying to pick out just which files to copy.  If you want to copy an entire drive but only want files changed in, say, the last six months then XCopy is the way to go for sure.

Coseniath
Coseniath

I just hope that he didn't give Nvidia the Bulldozer plans. This could be a disaster for Nvidia... :P

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Pretty crazy if it's true.  I find it odd that a big company like Nvidia would risk outright stealing from their primary competitor.

Daian
Daian

When I read the title on the home page I giggled while saying to myself "what secrets, how to make really crappy drivers?".

lyncer777
lyncer777

my 8800gt 2007-2008 Died. then bought GTX 275 2009-2010 Died too. i have bad experience with Nvidia just saying... i do give a Shit because it is the truth.

jorge69696
jorge69696

No one gives a shit about what graphic card you have since it's not related to the article.

V3rciS
V3rciS

That's sad news, I hate when something like that happens! However I laughed at "He searched on the internet how to copy and delete files" It's basically Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C and then Ctrl+V, Nicolas.

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

Nvidia needs to do the right thing here and fire those employees.

"Coca-Cola (KO) and Pepsi (PEP) are usually bitter enemies, but whenPepsiCo Inc.got a letter offering Coke trade secrets, it went straight to its corporate rival.

Six weeks later, three people were scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday to face charges of stealing confidential information, including a sample of a new drink, from The Coca-Cola Co., and trying to sell it to PepsiCo.

"Competition can sometimes be fierce, but also must be fair and legal," Pepsi spokesman Dave DeCecco said. "We're pleased the authorities and the FBI have identified the people responsible for this."


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,202439,00.html#ixzz2IArZX6wU

max-hit
max-hit

I had like 2 ATI cards and 3 graphic cards :)

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

"It's basically Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C and then Ctrl+V, Nicolas."

Best line EVER!!!

makryu
makryu

In my recent pc gaming life I had 2 radeon cards and 2 geforce cards. One of the geforce cards died on me and the other needed tweaks because of overheating. Both radeon cards never gave me a single headache.

Maybe I'm just unlucky, but I'm sticking with AMD based on my own experience.

KillzoneSnake
KillzoneSnake

they can steal all they want, there will be no nvidia on next gen consoles lol

HaRdNiPs
HaRdNiPs

lol first nvidia wants a grand for the 690 and 500 for the 680 yeah i believe nvidia did this. if amd's hardware is in the nextgen consoles who wouldn't want to steal information though betrayal is a whole different story.

starfox15
starfox15

Good thing I'm rocking the right company's hardware. 


DomZeal
DomZeal

It hate people like this, fuck betrayers

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

damn...this sounds ugly. nvidia didn't need that on their hands

pozium
pozium

Let me get this straight, an AMD employer,  who creates one of the best graphics cards and mother boards in the world, had to google Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V? Pathetic!!!

osirisx3
osirisx3

ncvidia is jelly amd gets all the console money.

chechak7
chechak7

i used a lot of Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C and then Ctrl+V,and never being in news    :P

150,000 files     :O

VolcanoMan001
VolcanoMan001

Throw them in jail for about 30 years, if true.

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---Cipher---

That "artist's interpretation" picture....shouldn't it have an AMD logo on the bag in this case?

Kane04
Kane04

I'm more curious how the PS4/Xbox4Live GPUs will be like since it's the same company behind them.

They're either be the same or one will have gone the extra mile to be on top.

syler4815162342
syler4815162342

They've fought Dirty! if it's true! but AMD can't do anything more, they've got all the information!.....But you know they didn't count Nvidia for next Gen...this likes declaring a war..and these are the price....

Hellsasin
Hellsasin

Nvidia fan boys vs AMD fanboys. Ding ding ding. Lets get ready to rumbbbbbbllllllllleeeeeeeeee.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Well if they sue each other it'll waste moneys... Only one fair thing to do, both companys share all info with each other and let the competition to make the best stuff commence!

win win for everyone.

Zacek
Zacek

Those poor guys did bad. Now they have to pay.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

I hope those employee's get what they deserve. Nvidia is too afraid to play it fair it seems.

oflow
oflow

Sounds like AMD is just mad to me. If they actually had any proof there would be criminal charges being filed not just corporate accusations.

RedLegZeff
RedLegZeff

Hmm, is it weird that I find it pathetic that someone who worked for both companies had to google Ctrl+C?

CloWnCircus
CloWnCircus

My guess after reading this is that all predictions were wrong and next-gen will be Nvidia.

slefo29
slefo29

THIS JUST IN - Nvidia employee suffers gun shot wound after AMD - Nvidia rumble.