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Add this to the headaches facing Intel Corp. as reports roll in about the vulnerability of the company’s computer chips: The company was hit with a class action lawsuit claiming it doesn’t have a viable fix for defective x86-64x processors, and the proposed patches will degrade the performance of devices that use them.

The class action complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by lawyers at Doyle APC in San Diego, the Law Office of James R. Hail in Chula Vista and Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings in Nashville, Tennessee, quotes heavily from a Jan 2. report from online tech publication The Register, which said “a fundamental design flaw in Intel’s processor chip” left the industry scrambling to “defang the chip-level security bug.” The vulnerability could leave users’ sensitive data, such as passwords and log-in keys, open to hacking.

The Register reported that updates to both Linux and Windows operating systems addressing the issue are expected to slowdown machines with Intel chips by 5 percent to 30 percent, depending on the task and processor model.

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Ross Todd

Ross Todd is the Editor/columnist for the Am Law Litigation Daily. He writes about litigation of all sorts. Previously, Ross was the Bureau Chief of The Recorder, ALM's California affiliate. Contact Ross at [email protected] On Twitter: @Ross_Todd.

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