Tech scandals appear to be in fashion in the first days of 2018. For days, Apple’s iPhone slowdown issue was the most talked about blunder in the tech world, but that’s about to change. There’s a severe security flaw that affects most of the Intel-powered computers in use, regardless of operating system. Intel has confirmed the issue and downplayed it in a statement released a few hours after the problem was unveiled. The company also said that Intel chips aren’t the only ones affected, as ARM and AMD processors also have similar issues.
The newly publicized vulnerabilities would allow hackers to steal critical data such as credit card details and passwords from the computer without the user’s knowledge. Fixing the issue will result in a drop in overall performance, which can go anywhere from 5% to 30% according to unofficial estimates. The bad news is that there’s nothing you can do to fix the issue yourself other than wait for software updates.
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