7 On Your Side: Chip designed to protect passwords from hacking impacts computers
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
A computer chip designed to protect users passwords from hacking is slowing down or damaging some computers.
The AMD chip is found in less expensive computers because it costs less than intel chips.
Microsoft says it will not use the AMD patching on its computers until AMD makes adjustments to the chip on its end.
Seven On Your Side previously reported on an individual leading a research team that discovered vulnerabilities impacting most desktop, laptop and smartphone computer chips.
The team uncovered the vulnerabilities names Meltdown and Spectre. Meltdown was named by the research team because it “melts down” the CPU chips security. Spectre was also named because it’s harder to fix and is expected to “haunt” mobile apps for “years to come,” according to researchers.