Intel said it was the victim of a hacker who stole financially sensitive information from its corporate website on Thursday, prompting the company to release its income statement ahead of schedule.
The company believed an attacker had obtained advanced details of a solid earnings report the company was due to release after the market closed, said George Davis, chief financial officer.
Shares of the US chipmaker were up more than 6 percent during the day, including nearly 2 for the last 15 minutes of trading on Thursday.
Intel released its official earnings announcement after finding out about the problem, with the news coming out six minutes before the market closed rather than after the market closed.
“We put ours in as soon as we heard about it,” Davis said.
“An infographic was hacked into our PR writing site,” he said, adding that Intel was still investigating the incident.
He did not provide further details, but said the leak was the result of an illegal action that had not involved any unintentional disclosure by the company itself.
The latest figures revealed an unexpected rebound in sales of Intel’s PC chips in the wake of the pandemic, as more people bought laptops for work and home study, as well as more gaming PCs. powerful.