32 class action lawsuits against Intel related to Meltdown and Spectre Flaws

Currently, Intel is facing a number of lawsuits related to recent Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities.

Meltdown_SpectreThese two vulnerabilities were disclosed in the starting of January. Intel says that it is currently facing 32 class action lawsuits stemming from the flaws.

According to the lawsuits filed, users were “harmed by Intel’s actions and/or omissions”.

What Intel says:

As of February 15, 2018, 30 customer class action lawsuits and two securities class action lawsuits have been filed. The customer class action plaintiffs, who purport to represent various classes of end users of our products, generally claim to have been harmed by Intel’s actions and/or omissions in connection with the security vulnerabilities and assert a variety of common law and statutory claims seeking monetary damages and equitable relief.

The securities class action suits allege that the disclosure of the vulnerabilities revealed that Intel made false or misleading statements about its products or internal controls, violating securities laws.

The plaintiffs in these two suits “purport to represent classes of acquirers of Intel stock between July 27, 2017 and January 4, 2018,” Intel says.

Adding to it, three of the shareholders have filed actions against cerain members of the Board.

Intel says “The complaints allege that the defendants breached their duties to Intel in connection with the disclosure of the security vulnerabilities and the failure to take action in relation to alleged insider trading”.

The company also believes that it may face further lawsuits over the matter going forward.

As these vulnerabilities came forward, all software companies as well as tech giants released security patches of their own. Still Intel faced an issue with the microcode fixes.

The initial fix caused various PC’s to cause unwanted reboots. Microsoft later released a patch to deactivate the buggy fix.

Since then Intel has released a Spectre fix for Skylake-based PC’s. But, fixes for other processor platforms are still in work.

If you are curious about whether your PC is protected or not, you can use a tool called InSpectre.

If you are using a Laptop/Desktop from vendors such as Dell, HP, Lenovo or any other, then you may look for the patches available for your machine at the vendor’s website.

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Source: Windows Central

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