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[–] RubberHammer 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

That's because the NSA already knew.

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[–] vastrightwing 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

I consider Intel part of our government. They simply failed to notify other agencies. Intel has a long history of sweeping major hardware bugs under the rug and holding their customers hostage with non disclosure arrangements. The Pentium FDIV flaw, Atom 2000 bug, Skylake / Kaby Lake and the latest Meltdown/Spectre bugs are only the tip of the iceberg.

If you ever read bulletins, Intel alludes to many more hardware bugs and won't be forthright about them. It takes hackers to force the bugs in the open. Meanwhile, hardware designs are stuck because there is no other option.

Intel is a bully! They will notify strategic customers of certain bugs and not others they deem less important.

As a hardware designer, I will prefer open source hardware because I don't trust the Big chip fabs. As you know, they can't be trusted.

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[–] Turn_Coat 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

This is the advantage of having a government large companies are actually scared of.

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[–] derram 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

https://archive.fo/MkQzt :

Intel told Chinese firms of Meltdown flaws before the US government


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[–] obvious_throwaway1 3 points 2 points (+5|-3) ago 

Given that these features/backdoors flaws were put in place by the US Government Corporation to begin with - it's just sound business reasoning to notify the other major buyers of your product before an exploit is publicly leaked.

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[–] beavis 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I have a feeling there's more to it than this. Chinese spies running the show at Intel? An opportunistic targeted attack to knock down their stock and hit their reputation even harder? The three-letter agencies already knew about the bugs, perhaps being the ones to actually introduce them in the hardware? Aliens? Xenu?

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[–] apeiron24 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

i used to think this things only happen in Movies

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[–] TheStapler 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The rootless international clique is just that, it has no loyalty to any particular nation except possibly Israel.

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