Seeger Weiss LLP is co-leading the nationwide lawsuit against Intel Crop., on behalf of consumers who purchased computers and other devices containing Intel computer chips.
Plaintiffs claim that the company’s processors suffer from inherent security flaws, and that their downloadable “patch” considerably slows processing speeds and does not even fix the security vulnerabilities.
Security Flaws and Patch Slowdown
Serious security flaws in most Intel computer processors were discovered last year by Google’s Project Zero team in conjunction with researchers from several countries, potentially impacting millions of computers, servers, cloud operating systems and cellphones that were made over the last decade.
These flaws, known as “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” allow malware and hackers to access information such as login keys, usernames, passwords, cached files, and any other sensitive information stored on or entered into a computer, potentially leading to identify theft, fraud, credit and reputational harm, erroneous tax claims, and extortion, among other things.
Upon being revealed, Intel offered a software “patch” update to resolve the issue. But, in addition to being ineffective—“Spectre” can only be fixed by replacing the hardware (physical chip)—the patch significantly degrades the performance of the chips. Depending on use, it may slow down a computer or device by as much as 50%.
Virtually every device sold since 1995 may be affected, including computers, laptops, servers, tablets, and smartphones, from all manufacturers and using almost any operating system. This affects millions of consumers, including individuals, businesses and organizations of all sizes, academic institutions, financial institutions, hospitals and healthcare providers, government departments and agencies, and other consumers throughout the U.S.
Unprecedented in scope, this is considered one of the worst and most widespread design flaws ever found, expected to affect untold millions of users.
Consumers collectively paid billions of dollars for Intel’s defective 86-64x CPUs, which the company touted as premium products using breakthrough technology, featuring unmatched performance and security.
Shockingly, it is also possible that Intel either knew or had reason to believe that a security defect existed in its CPUs for months or even years before disclosing the fact to consumers, thereby defrauding them as well as willfully exposing them to a multitude of risks and injuries, considering computers’ widespread and diverse use.
The litigation against Intel claims that its processing chips were defective and inferior products that lacked the quality and capability it continuously represented in its sales and marketing materials. As such, Intel violated state deceptive trade practice statutes and warranty and tort laws by making and selling them. Plaintiffs’ claims include breach of warranty and implied warranty, violations of state consumer protection laws, fraud and fraudulent concealment, negligence, restitution, and unjust enrichment.
The case is In re Intel Corp. CPU Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2828 (D. Oregon).
If you are one of the millions of people affected by the compromised Intel chips, are unsure what you should do next, or have particular knowledge about the processors and Intel’s conduct, we can help. Call us to learn more at 877-912-2668.