Intel will not fix the flaw

There is yet another security flaw in chops made by Intel.

This bug can be used only if somebody has physical access to the computer.

So what can you do? Either lock up your computer or stop using it for anything. Really. This is not a joke.

At this point I would like to tell you a story to illustrate how serious this issue is. This is based on a true story that was related to me recently, but I’m not going to give the details about when and where and who.
A certain individual was bit by a spider and had to go to a hospital for treatment. Right about that time somebody stole her identity and she lost all the information that would prove who she was and things like that.
As you can imagine, this came at the worst time for this individual. No some people would think that bad things like that only happen to bad people. That is not so. Preferably good people that have very bad things happen to them at the worry worst time. Now the question is, how did somebody manage to steal her identity?

Here is my conjecture. Somebody either snuck into core house or her automobile and Stolte a personal computer. Perhaps it was a notebook computer or laptop. Either way, if it was a computer was an Intel chip it could have been compromised by a skilled hacker with an evil intent. So far there has been no publicized reports of any such things. But it could have happened and something like that probably will happen in the near future.
The number of notebooks and computers that have Intel chips is somewhere in the millions. The issue is not just one generation of chips made by Intel. It has to do with part of the chip called the firmware. This is the code that is started when powers turned on to the computer and it actually precedes the B IOS system. So there’s no way you could patch the B IOS or anything else. It is actually physically inside the chip itself and it becomes active as soon as power is applied. However, to take advantage of this flaw a hacker would have to actually be in front of the computer to introduce some type of malware that would exploit this flaw. Personally, I have no idea how it is done, but the researchers who reported this on Thursday have stated there is no such thing as a workaround that would prevent anybody from doing this if they had physical access to the computer. This means you have to have the computer in a locked room with bars on the windows. Most of us are not going to do that. I know I won’t, because I just don’t have any way of doing that. In fact, I have to leave a crack in one of my Windows so my Internet cable can go outside. You can imagine there are many people that are not able to physically lock up their computers or notebooks.
Can you see what I’m getting at? This means there’s a possibility of thousands or even millions of people having their private information taken from them and it would not be the fault of Google or Microsoft or any of those companies. The issue would lie entirely upon Intel, the maker of the CPU chips. It remains to be seen if Intel can and will do anything about it. My guess is they will do nothing and Intel will eventually lose their market share.
The above is based on information I have read recently and should be considered a personal post made by me on this personal website. I do not represent any organization.

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