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Intel Confirms Critical New Security Problem for Windows Users


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Intel has verified a newly disclosed security flaw in Windows that exposes an apparently critical vulnerability on millions of computers.

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Intel has verified a newly disclosed security flaw in Windows that exposes an apparently critical vulnerability on millions of computers.

The Thunderspy exploit reportedly allows a hacker to read and copy all system data by physically wiring into the machine, even if a drive is encrypted and the computer is locked or set to sleep, while leaving no trace.

Bjorn Ruytenberg at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands said the flaw affects all computers with Thunderbolt ports.

Although computers shipped in the last year or so are equipped with Kernel Direct Memory Access (DMA) to patch the bug, it is uncertain how many units have this feature enabled.

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