Almost every one of Intel’s computer processors produced in the last 10 years could be highly vulnerable to hacking due to a major security flaw, the Register reported Tuesday evening.
An apparent design error in most modern Intel processors means that malicious programs could be able to read once-protected parts of a electronic device’s memory. In other words, highly personal information and data like passwords could easily be exposed and stolen.
In order to fix the problem, developers must add patches to the device’s system hardware by creating updates, according to The Register. But the updates may slow down the computing speeds anywhere from five to 30 percent, “depending on the task and the processor model.”
News of the processor flaw sent the stock of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Inc. soaring in early morning trading Wednesday after a substantial uptick overnight. Though Intel shares rose 27 percent in 2017, and AMD’s stock fell 9 percent in the same timespan, according to CNBC, the latest report of security vulnerability could shift the competitive landscape in the industry. (RELATED: Everything Online Is Connected, Now There’s A Growing Need For Cyber Insurance)
In general, The Register’s report of Intel’s problems could have wide-ranging effects, like if government systems have been (or are) vulnerable to foreign espionage or cyberattacks. Also, Intel’s struggles could potentially hurt America in its unofficial race to widespread 5G technology installment.
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