Intel Facing Class Action Lawsuits over Security Vulnerability

January 15, 2018
article by Christina W. author
Intel is facing three class action lawsuits. The suits were filed after news concerning a software vulnerability was released. The vulnerability was responsible for slowing down affected computers. The flaw could allow hackers to delete a computer’s memory and execute new attacks.

According to The Register, as a result, three lawsuits were filed in three separate states, including California, Oregon, and Indiana. All three of the suits slam the company for the slowing down of computers and or its failure to disclose the vulnerability to consumers earlier on. Intel responded to the outrage with a press release:

Intel has already issued updates for the majority of processor products introduced within the past five years. By the end of next week, Intel expects to have issued updates for more than 90 percent of processor products introduced within the past five years. In addition, many operating system vendors, public cloud service providers, device manufacturers and others have indicated that they have already updated their products and services. Intel continues to believe that the performance impact of these updates is highly workload-dependent and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.”

Basically, the company believes that the slowing down of computers is based on the use of the computer user. Google agreed with the company saying, “we have found that microbenchmarks can show an exaggerated impact.”

Intel also claims that it is not the only CPU maker that was affected by the vulnerability. The company is adamant that CPUs created by Qualcomm, AMD, and ARM have been affected as well.  The company suggests that all computer users install all of the available updates,

monitor their devices, and make sure that their CPUs are backed up.

In an open letter, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said :

Following announcements of the Google Project Zero security exploits last week, Intel has continued to work closely with our partners with the shared goal of restoring confidence in the security of our customers’ data as quickly as possible…Our customers’ security is an ongoing priority, not a one-time event. To accelerate the security of the entire industry, we commit to publicly identify significant security vulnerabilities following rules of responsible disclosure and, further, we commit to working with the industry to share hardware innovations that will accelerate industry-level progress in dealing with side-channel attacks. We also commit to adding incremental funding for academic and independent research into potential security threats.We encourage our industry partners to continue to support these practices. There are important roles for everyone: Timely adoption of software and firmware patches by consumers and system manufacturers is critical. Transparent and timely sharing of performance data by hardware and software developers is essential to rapid progress.”

The company expects 90% of infected CPUs to be fixed by January 15. The others will be repaired by the end of this month. Consumers can find progress updates, concerning patches and performance data, at


Source: Gizmodo