Today, in light of news that Intel informed foreign interests of the vulnerabilities before the US government, and that Microsoft is pulling its latest patch from Intel due to some heinous bugs, we thought we’d revisit the saga and what you can (and cannot) do to protect your data.
Its CPUs are found in most major laptops and desktops, and it has 99 percent of the server marketshare, according to Vijay Rakesh, a securities analyst at Mizuho Securities, in a conversation with CNBC.
It’s a recipe for disaster that’s compounded by the fact that, as The Register noted, a solution to the vulnerabilities would necessitate slowing down the processors.
WSJ reports that Intel notified partners including Google (Google’s Project Zero security researchers originally helped discover the vulnerabilities back in June 2017), Amazon, Microsoft, and the Chinese firms Lenovo and Alibaba, far ahead of smaller companies and the US government.
While the Chinese government declined to comment, an Alibaba spokesperson told WSJ the suggestion that it shared the information about the vulnerabilities with Beijing was “speculative and baseless.” Lenovo, meanwhile, insisted any information from Intel was protected by a non-disclosure agreement.