Hackers Accessed Zombieload, Accessed Data from PCs

Researchers recently discovered a security flaw in the Intel processors, which led to hackers stealing information from computers.

More than a year has passed when security researchers revealed the flaw of chips sold by Intel and AMD. It showed that even when chipmakers has done several methods to fix the issues, problems may arise in the future with the new class of security vulnerability.

According to The Verge, the flaw discovered in the Intel processor was discovered by the researchers at the Graz University of Technology. Attackers run a certain code on the machine to take advantage of the Zombieload. Thereafter, attackers were able to access billions of data and personal information from the cloud and computers.

According to the researchers, the attack was named Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS). This targets microarchitectural structures and fills in buffers to read and access data inside the CPU. In addition, iCloud files are also at risk because hackers are also able to access files from this server.

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Intel admits to being alarmed by the news and said, it’s two recent generations of Core processors can prevent this type of risk. “Some servers are protected. All other processors require software updates. We encourage everyone to keep their systems up to date, as its one of the best ways to stay protected,” said Intel in a statement.

Hackers Accessed Zombieload, Accessed Data from PCs

2011 Computers are at High Risk

The bad news for Inter processors released in 2011 are the ones with a higher risk in terms of data hacking. These processors are highly vulnerable, especially laptops and desktops. Researchers even mention that hackers use a special website they’ve created to access Zombieload.

There’s also good news because newer processors are safe and not impacted. Intel already made necessary developments to prevent the execution of attacks. The company also modified the way the processors are built, so avoid further problems.

Meanwhile, Apple, Microsoft and Linux have already addressed the issue by providing updates on the operating system.

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After the update on the operating systems both for computers and laptop, users can experience a slowing down of CPU performance. About 3% slowing down can be encountered for consumer devices and 9% for data-center machines.

Unfortunately, researchers said that this won’t end here and that speculative execution can still take place years from now. Good thing, Intel is already alert in this type of occurrence, providing seamless security for all types of products and services.

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