MILLIONS are at risk of having their passwords stolen by hackers using so-called ZombieLoad spyware taking advantage of a huge flaw in Intel chips, it was revealed last night.
Intel, which provides processors to many of the world’s most popular computers and devices, admitted that a vulnerability could let hackers read nearly all info flowing through its chips.
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According to TechCrunch, the new ZombieLoad flaw impacts “almost every computer” with an Intel processor going back as early as 2011.
A fix for the flaw was released in Intel’s latest batch of computer chips this year – but older generations are still at risk from the freshly discovered threat.
The tech giant admitted that an downloadable update to the glitch could slow the performance of its chips by up to 19 per cent.
It comes after Intel last year revealed so-called Meltdown and Spectre flaws could potentially read sensitive data on its processors.
The chilling vulnerabilities and the company’s response to their discovery sent stock prices tumbling.
UPDATE YOUR DEVICES
Users can check to see if they’ve been affected by the latest ZombieLoad flaw using an online tool created by Intel researchers.
Intel announced the vulnerabilities in a blog post published on Tuesday – referring to the set as Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS).
It explained: “Under certain conditions, MDS provides a program the potential means to read data that program otherwise would not be able to see.”
But Intel reassured users that carrying out such an attack is “very complex”.
Users are recommended to update their devices in order to make sure they’re safeguarded from any possible attacks.
Apple, Google and Microsoft have all released patches for users to download, TechCrunch noted.
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Systems running macOS Mojave 10.14.5 have already been patched – and the company intends to issue fixes for Sierra and High Sierra versions as well.
Chrome OS devices are protected from attacks and many other Google products and services require no updates.
Microsoft will release software updates through Windows Update.
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