Any feelings of panic or urge to spread messages of doom prompted by the CPU level exploit vulnerability that Intel’s chips are vulnerable to may be a little premature.  The exploit is real and does happen at a level which makes it almost immune to detection but it is about as hard to set up as cooling RAM down so it’s data can be read even though it is powered down.  In this case you would need to know exact hardware to be able to exploit the weakness, this may appear in rare targeted attacks, but lacks the flexibility to survive as a popular hacking tool.  More at Ars Technica.

“On Thursday, Invisible Things Labs released details on a new, CPU-level exploit that could be used to execute software on a permission level far below that of any standard operating system. Is this a major problem for Intel, or an issue of merely academic interest?”

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