In recent weeks we’ve seen a few firms fall victim to ransomware attacks, as cybercriminals have become more bold during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest firm that may been impacted by a hack is Intel.

We say may for now as the company has not confirmed whether it has indeed been hacked.

That said, a report from ZDNet suggests that the company has indeed been hacked, with 20GB of internal documents leaking online. The leaked info was shared by a Swiss software engineer named Till Kottmann. He says that he got the documents, which are marked as confidential, from a source who is said to have hacked Intel’s system back in May.

Whether this leaked information is the real thing remains to be seen, but as Engadget points out, Kottmann does have a history of sharing information from big tech firms that have been provided to him from a number of unknown sources.

As for the content of 20GB of information, ZDNet has taken a look, at it appears to be designs and plans for upcoming chipsets and processors. More specifically BIOS codes and for its Kaby Lake lineup, as well as schematics for its forthcoming Tiger Lake range.

For now, the intention of the hackers also remains a mystery, but Intel says it is looking into the situation to ascertain the extent of the damage, much like Canon is doing with its recent ransomware attack.

“We are investigating this situation. The information appears to come from the Intel Resource and Design Center, which hosts information for use by our customers, partners and other external parties who have registered for access. We believe an individual with access downloaded and shared this data,” the firm told ZDNet in an official statement.

As with the Canon hack, we’ll be monitoring the situation on this incident too.

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.