Intel Is Facing Lawsuits Because of Vulnerabilities in Chip Security

Intel is already facing lawsuits because of the chip security flaws that were revealed earlier this week. Gizmodo reports that so far, three lawsuits have already been filed — in Oregon, Indiana, and California. All three lawsuits are class action complaints and note that the delay of Intel in disclosing the vulnerabilities — the company knew about the problem for months already — as well as its reduced performance that was caused by subsequent security patches. The Register reported that PC slowdowns could amount to as much as 5 to 30 percent. However, Intel has stated that impacts of its solution are “highly workload-dependent” and would not be noticed largely by the typical user.

It is still early — the said flaws were only revealed officially on Wednesday — so Intel could be meeting more lawsuits in the coming weeks. In the week following the reveal of Apple that the company slows older iPhone models intentionally in order to prevent sudden shutdowns, it was struck with a number of lawsuits in various countries.

Intel says that 90 percent of the affected chips should be patched by the end of the week while companies such as Google, Apple, and Microsoft are also releasing updates in order to mitigate the effects of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.