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Spectre and Meltdown: A Canadian class action lawsuit launched against Intel and other tech giants
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Spectre and Meltdown: A Canadian class action lawsuit launched against Intel and other tech giants 

According to the release, “Intel, as the manufacturer of CPU chips, and Microsoft, Lenovo, Apple, Dell, and Hewlett Packard computers containing Intel’s CPU chips, marketed these defective products to consumers that made their computers vulnerable to being hacked.”

The claim alleges that Intel and these computer manufacturers knew of this defect from at least mid last year. Additionally, the Defendants continued to offer the defective CPUs rather than warning consumers of the error.

“Consumers are extremely concerned over these serious security breaches and about having been kept in the dark for months while their computers were vulnerable to attack,” said Joel P. Rochon, partner at Rochon Genova LLP.

This law firm along with lawyers from Bell Temple LLP led by Katherine E. Kolnhofer are representing class members.

“This type of vulnerability is particularly serious in the current climate of exponentially increasing cybersecurity threats. This defect has resulted in consumers being unknowingly exposed to an attack vector for which the defendants must be held accountable,” said Kolnhofer.

Patches were issued by Microsoft and Apple, but the claim alleges that there is “no effective ‘fix’ for the defective CPUs.” The release went on to add further, “the only way to ensure that the security vulnerability is addressed is a complete replacement of the computer’s CPU. Many consumers have been forced to spend money replacing their defective CPUs, or replacing their entire computer.”

It is noteworthy to mention that none of these allegations have been proven in court. However, “Intel has admitted that sensitive data can be improperly gathered by hackers from user computers through Intel’s CPUs.” Through the release of their own security updates, Microsoft, Lenovo, Apple, Dell, and Hewlett Packard are trying to block the dissemination of users’ sensitive information from their products.

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