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Intel chips have a flaw that opens them up to hackers

Intel chips have a flaw that opens them up to hackers
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Deep inside countless computers is a vulnerability that could give hackers free rein to take over your computer and load it up with viruses. Worse, there isn't much you can do about it.

This potential cyberattack involves chips from Intel, one of the world's most-used processors. This hack affects Intel chips going back to 1997, and AMD chips may also be at risk.

That's according to researchers at a recent Black Hat conference. The Black Hat conference is where the cybersecurity industry, along with government officials and academics, try to pinpoint security risks before they become a massive problem.

This is what they found. The Intel chips that are running on PCs around the world are vulnerable to rootkit malware. Rootkits lay hidden within your computer and give hackers complete access to it.

The rootkit can't by itself infect your computer. But it can make an existing malware problem much worse.

Next page: Rootkits are extremely tough to fix, but not impossible
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